Delta Dental of Arizona COVID-19 Relief Funding Expected to Top $10 Million
By Alison Bailin -
Wednesday Dec 16, 2020
Today, Delta Dental announced its COVID-19 relief efforts are expected to reach $1.1 billion by early 2021, including more than $10 million in Arizona alone. This significant financial commitment builds on Delta Dental's 65-year history of supporting America's oral health and continues its leadership in the provision of support to the U.S. dental marketplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, Delta Dental of Arizona and its Foundation has already committed $9.5 million to assist local communities and further its mission of improving lives by promoting optimal oral health, with more than $500,000 in relief still planned for early 2021. Key areas of relief include:
A 50% premium credit on the June invoice for more than 2,900 group dental customers
Rate freezes for approximately 650 small- to medium-sized businesses renewing their PPO dental/and or vision plans
Claims advances of up to $50,000 for network dental offices
A $500,000 donation to Arizona's 23 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)
30,000 toothbrushes and paste donated to homeless shelters across the state
More than $1.7 Million in 2020 and 2021 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation grants
"The commitments made by the Delta Dental companies to support our customers, providers and communities throughout the pandemic are part of a dedicated and unwavering effort to fulfill our mission of advancing the oral health of all Americans," said Wells Hutchison, President & CEO, Delta Dental Plans Association.
From the beginning of the pandemic, Delta Dental companies have been continuously working to support customers, dentists, not-for-profits, and health centers across the country to ensure patients can receive the care they need now and in the future. Additionally, Delta Dental was instrumental in ensuring access to federal funding for dentists as they navigated office closure mandates resulting from the pandemic. Through the success of Delta Dental's advocacy, dentists were included on a list of providers eligible for much-needed federal relief funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Delta Dental companies have also launched a wide range of other programs and funding initiatives to support America's oral and overall health.