Delta Dental expects its COVID-19 relief efforts to reach $1.1 billion by early 2021. This significant financial commitment builds on the company’s 65-year history of supporting America’s oral health and continues its leadership in supporting the dental marketplace in the United States during the pandemic, the company said.
“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 and CEO of the Delta Dental Plans Association.
From the beginning of the pandemic, Delta Dental said, its 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.
Delta Dental also said that it was instrumental in ensuring federal funding for dentists as they navigated office closure mandates resulting from the pandemic. Through its advocacy, Delta Dental said, dentists were included on a list of providers eligible for relief funding through the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Delta Dental additionally said that its companies also have launched a wide range of other programs and funding initiatives to support America’s oral and overall health, such as funding for safety-net dental clinics, not-for-profits focused on health and wellness, and food banks, among other efforts.