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Delta Dental supports Medicaid expansion to make oral care available to more Michigan residents

2/6/2013

The following is a statement from Laura Czelada, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Dental of Michigan:

February 6, 2013

Delta Dental supports Medicaid expansion to make oral care
available to more Michigan adults and children


“Delta Dental applauds and strongly supports expanding access to oral health care providers and services for all Michigan children and adults. Expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and expanding Healthy Kids Dental to more children are steps the state can take to improve the health of literally hundreds of thousands of uninsured children and adults. We are grateful to Gov. Snyder for leading these efforts, which will save Michigan money and save Michigan lives.”

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, adults and children without dental coverage are 2.5 times less likely to visit the dentist than those with insurance. In addition, increasing access to dental care can produce healthier children and adults who are more likely to be successful and productive in school and on the job.

As Michigan's most trusted dental benefits carrier, Delta Dental strives daily to make dental coverage more accessible and affordable to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals throughout the state.

About Delta Dental of Michigan
Delta Dental of Michigan, with its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2011, the enterprise paid out $2.5 billion for dental treatment for nearly 10.4 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.