Delta Dental Wins $6 Million for Children's Dental Health; State Agency Contracts with Company to Fund More Than 35 Community Projects.Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 2004
California's largest dental health plan announced plans today to distribute nearly $6 million in state and federal funds Federal Funds
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These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve to improve the oral health of low-income children lacking private dental insurance Dental insurance is insurance designed to pay the costs associated with dental care. Dental insurance pays a portion of the bills from dentists, hospitals, and other providers of dental services. .
Contracts signed between California's Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB MRMIB Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (California) ) and Delta Dental Delta Dental is the largest and oldest dental plan system in the United States. The Delta Dental Plans Association is comprised of 39 independent Delta Dental member companies operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. of California will pave PAVE Cardiology A clinical trial–Post AV Node Ablation Evaluation the way for more than 35 individual projects recently proposed by Delta's Community Partner Programs department -- the same Delta Dental unit that administers state and county-sponsored dental benefits for nearly half a million California children.
Delta will direct the funds to increase dental staffing, hire mobile dental vans, and provide other needed resources to community dental clinics and related organizations throughout the state treating children with unmet dental needs.
MRMIB recently signed two contracts with Delta Dental; the first provides $3.2 million to administer the "Oral Health Demonstration Project" (OHDP), a three-year project targeting children ages 0 to 5 in 16 counties. A second contract for $2.9 million is for the "Rural Health Demonstration Project" (RHDP RHDP Rolling Horizon Dynamic Programming ), which includes funding for 20 community-based clinics and non-profit entities serving rural areas and/or special populations, which are identified as children of migrant mi·grant
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The dental clinics and community-based organizations identified under the two contracts will each receive between $60,000 and $300,000 to increase their capacity to treat eligible children in the areas they serve. (Note: A project-by-project description for each county is available for download on Delta's online newsroom at: http://www.deltadentalca.org/news/index.html).
With this most recent round of funding, Delta Dental has been selected to administer over $23 million by MRMIB since 1998 to increase access to dental care for children.
"We are grateful to be in this rather unique position, where we can very clearly identify and support community clinics committed to alleviating the pain and symptoms associated with dental disease A dental disease is a disease which affects the teeth or gums. Some of the most prevalent types of dental disease include dental caries (also known as tooth decay), and gum disease. ," said Gary D. Radine, Delta's president and chief executive officer. "MRMIB and the people of California who supported the various initiatives that fund these programs are to be commended for recognizing how vital good dental health really is to the well-being of our state's children."
Delta Dental of California is part of a San Francisco-based holding company system that collectively serves nearly 21 million subscribers in both commercial and government-sponsored programs throughout the nation. It is also a member of the Delta Dental Plans Delta Dental Plan,
n.pr an active member organization of the Delta Dental Plans Association (a not-for-profit organization), formed and guided by state dental societies to provide prepaid dental care to the public on a group basis. Association, whose 39 independent companies cooperate on nationwide programs that today cover more than 45 million of the approximately 155 million Americans with dental benefits.