Healthy Kids Dental and MIChild
One of the many ways Delta Dental of Michigan is helping to improve oral health is to foster public-private partnerships to improve the oral health of those who suffer disproportionately from oral diseases.
Significant examples of our commitment to improving the oral health of underserved children are the Healthy Kids Dental and MIChild programs, both of which are partnerships with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).
Healthy Kids Dental replaces the children’s Medicaid dental program in 78 Michigan counties and has been named one of five national models for improving access to dental care for low-income populations. Delta Dental of Michigan administers the program.
MIChild was developed in 1998 by the State of Michigan to provide low-cost health and dental benefits to the state’s uninsured children who don’t qualify for Medicaid. Delta Dental is one of MIChild’s benefit administrators.
Both programs are unique in the public health arena because they use Delta Dental’s commercial dental networks and integrate those they cover into the same system of care used by people with employer-sponsored dental coverage.