Nearly $90 million committed in relief from Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana
Funds support dentists, customers and nonprofits through pandemic
Okemos, Michigan—Dentists across the nation have stepped up to volunteer their time, donate their equipment and temporarily close their practice doors during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it’s time to give back to our dentists.
Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana will provide every licensed dentist in the three-state region a $1,000 credit for dental products and services beginning May 26, 2020 so they can maintain care and keep our communities healthy as patients begin seeing their dentists again.
Since March, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana along with the Delta Dental Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company, have committed about $88 million to assist local communities and partners through the pandemic.
“These funds will help ensure the viability of our local businesses and nonprofits that keep our neighborhoods alive,” said Goran Jurkovic, CEO of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. “Employee benefits are valuable now more than ever and we remain laser focused on health and bringing our communities together so we can emerge from this stronger.”
The three areas of relief are for the following:
- Dentists: Beginning May 26, relief is open to every licensed dentist in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana (whether they participate in the Delta Dental network or not) for $1,000 in credit toward dental products and/or services including personal protective equipment for their practice. The credit is redeemable through a national dental supply distributor.
- Group customers: Announced in early May, a one-month credit of group customers' premium or administrative fees will be provided and some group customers will have their rate frozen for a one-year period upon renewal.
- Nonprofit partners: Organizations with a health and wellness focus, those that supply emergency food assistance or provide dental services were invited to apply for emergency relief grants from the Delta Dental Foundation.
In addition to the $88 million in financial support, 2,500 reusable cloth masks were provided to community partners as well as 50,000 toothbrushes and educational resources instructing patients where to go in case of a dental emergency.
A coronavirus webpage is also active with daily updates detailing how the pandemic affects the industry, including tips for dental health, how to stop the spread of germs and answers to frequently asked questions. For more information, visit www.deltadentalmi.com/Member/Coronavirus.