Delta Dental helped dental practitioners gain access to federal funding as offices closed during the global health pandemic.

Delta Dental announced its COVID-19 relief efforts are expected to reach $1.1 billion by early 2021. The company, which has a 65-year history supporting the country’s oral health, continued this support to the U.S. dental marketplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The commitments made by the Delta Dental companies to support our customers, providers and communities throughout the pandemic are part of a dedicated and unwavering effort to fulfill our mission of advancing the oral health of all Americans,” said Wells Hutchison, president and chief executive officer, Delta Dental Plans Association.

From the beginning of the pandemic, Delta Dental companies have been continuously working to support customers, dental professionals, not-for-profits, and health centers across the country to ensure continuity of care for patients. During the pandemic, Delta Dental advocated for dental professionals’ access to federal funding as they navigated office closure mandates. According to the company, through its advocacy, dental practitioners were included on a list of providers eligible for much-needed federal relief funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Delta Dental companies have also launched a wide range of other programs and funding initiatives to support America’s oral and overall health. Examples of this work include providing critical funding to safety–net dental clinics, not-for-profits focused on health and wellness, and food banks, among many other efforts.