April 21, 2022
The fully-insured segment of the U.S. dental Insurance market has been gradually declining over the last five years, as employers and government program managers shift their business to self-insured options. According to an analysis done by Mark Farrah Associates (MFA), utilizing the latest data from its Health Coverage PortalTM product, fully-insured dental plans covered 86.5 million people on December 31, 2021, down from 100.4 million on December 31, 2017. This segment of the insurance industry has a diverse, competitive landscape, with the top five dental insurers in 2021 covering less than 50% of the total market. While it has been moderately stable from 2017 to 2021, that stability is starting to shift as UnitedHealthcare, the only top insurer to gain significant market share between 2017 and 2021, has been on an acquisition spree in the dental, medical, and health plan markets.
About the Data
The data used in this analysis was obtained from Mark Farrah Associates' Health Coverage Portal™ database. Findings reflect enrollment reported by carriers with business in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Data sources include the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the California Department of Managed Health Care (CA DMHC) statutory filings.
About Mark Farrah Associates (MFA)
Mark Farrah Associates (MFA) is a leading data aggregator and publisher providing health plan market data and analysis tools for the healthcare industry. Our product portfolio includes Health Coverage Portal™, County Health Coverage™, Medicare Business Online™, Medicare Benefits Analyzer™, 5500 Employer Health Plus, and Health Plans USA™. For more information about these products, refer to the informational videos and brochures available under the Our Products section of the MFA website or call 724-338-4100.
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