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Delta Dental's Position on Dental Access

Jul 07, 2011

Dental access

Health care reform aims to increase access to care, and Delta Dental wants to be sure its emphasis on major medical insurance doesn't inadvertently raise costs and decrease access to dental care. Their leadership role in health care reform efforts produced some tangible results in 2010. By working closely with other national organizations such as the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) and the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), they successfully lobbied to:

  • allow stand-alone dental plans to be included in the state exchanges,
  • see children's dental benefits included as a required, essential benefit and
  • preserve the exemption for dental from major medical reforms and regulations, thereby keeping dental benefits affordable

Many details of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are still being worked out prior to the 2014 effective date for the exchanges, and in 2011, they are actively pressing all our enterprise states for implementation that is in their clients' best interests where dental benefits are concerned.

Delta Dental is always looking for new avenues for increasing dental access. Nearly a decade ago, they introduced the AARP Dental Insurance Plan to offer dental coverage to the millions of members of AARP who may not have employer-sponsored dental benefits. In 2010, they added 54,000 enrollees and now cover almost 275,000 people with that program.

The government programs they administer bring dental care to millions. Through their partnership with Superior HealthPlan they added two new programs in Texas in 2010 – Advantage by Superior, a Medicare program in Bexar and Dallas counties, and the Pregnant Women Value Added Service in Austin, Corpus Christi, Lubbock and San Antonio – to provide much-needed dental coverage to eligible enrollees in those areas.

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