DELTA DENTAL: Receives New $3.4M Healthy Families Contracts
Shortly after enrolling its 200,000th child in Healthy Families, Delta Dental Plan of California received new contracts totaling $3.4 million from the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board to improve access to dental services for children in underserved populations and rural areas. Since its launch in 1998, Healthy Families has relied on Delta Dental -- one of the program's five participating dental plans -- to distribute funds to support community clinics in rural and urban areas and mobile dental vans in rural areas with few dental providers. Under the new contracts, Delta Dental will divide $1 million among eight rural clinics to increase staffing, extend clinic hours and purchase equipment and supplies. The funds also will provide remote rural areas with a new mobile dental van. Ten clinics, which provide dental services to children of migrant and seasonal farm workers and American Indians, will receive $1.6 million to increase access to dental care and provide rate enhancements for participating providers (Delta Dental Plan of California release, 8/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.