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More Mich. children gain access to oral health care under Gov. Snyder's 2014 state budget proposal

2/7/2013

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

February 7, 2013

More Michigan children gain access to oral health care
under Gov. Snyder’s 2014 state budget proposal

 

$11.6 million budget increase would expand Healthy Kids Dental
to Ottawa, Ingham, and Washtenaw counties

“Delta Dental of Michigan enthusiastically supports Governor Snyder’s 2014 budget proposal to expand the Healthy Kids Dental (HKD) program to about 70,500 children in Ottawa, Ingham, and Washtenaw counties. Children who have access to oral health care are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and become healthier adults. Data also confirms that children with HKD see the dentist more often and are more likely to receive preventative care. To improve the overall health of Michigan children, to help them succeed in the classroom, and to help lower oral health care costs over time, Delta Dental strongly encourages the Legislature to expand HKD to these three counties in the 2014 state budget.”

About Healthy Kids Dental

In May 2000, the Michigan Department of Community Health, in partnership with Delta Dental of Michigan, initiated a program to help improve the dental health of those in greatest need. With support from the Michigan Dental Association, this public-private partnership became known as Healthy Kids Dental.

Today, the program is available to Medicaid-eligible children in 75 of Michigan’s 83 counties and serves about 400,000 enrollees. HKD’s record of success has generated interest across the country. In 2004, the American Dental Association named Michigan’s HKD program one of five national models for improving access to dental care for low-income populations.

 

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, reports show that children miss 51 million hours of school each year because of oral health issues. Increasing access to dental care can help reduce this number and can produce healthier children who are more likely to be successful and productive in school.

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 2012, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental treatment to 11 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.