DELTA DENTAL FUNDING PROVIDES ACCESS TO $2.25M IN ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR U.S. VETERANS IN 2020
Delta Dental of Missouri Donates $30,000 to Lifeline Heroes Challenge for Veterans Campaign
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (November 11, 2020) —This Veterans Day, Delta Dental thanks the heroes who have bravely served our country and reaffirms our commitment to provide and support pathways for oral health care for our veterans. As a continued part of that commitment, a number of Delta Dental companies across the country have partnered with Dental Lifeline Network’s (DLN) Lifeline Heroes Challenge for Veterans campaign. This includes a $30,000 donation to the campaign by Delta Dental of Missouri in that state and South Carolina, where the company also does business.
For many veterans, dental care is not covered by their insurance or their VA benefits. Funding provided through the Lifeline Heroes Challenge enables DLN to link hundreds of veterans with volunteer dentists who donate comprehensive care to those who need it most. To date, these Delta Dental companies have contributed $250,000 to the project, which equates to more than $2.25 million in care delivered to veterans, according to DLN. These donations significantly expanded access to oral health care for veterans, as well as recruitment efforts to find more volunteer dentists.
“At the core of Delta Dental’s mission is the belief that everyone deserves a healthy smile. Across the country, Delta Dental companies are dedicated to improving the oral and overall health of Americans by making dental coverage more accessible and affordable. Delta Dental is proud to partner with DLN’s Lifeline Heroes Challenge for Veterans to ensure support for our country’s heroes on their oral health care journey,” said Emily O’Brien, Delta Dental Plans Association spokeswoman.
Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer at Delta Dental of Missouri, couldn’t agree more. "It’s our privilege to be part of this campaign for our veterans,” said Goren. “We salute them for their service and sacrifice. And, we’re humbled to have the opportunity to serve them through funding to help them access vital dental care to improve their overall health and quality of life."
“Delta Dental’s generosity has been an incredible help in our efforts to provide dental care to more veterans,” Fred Leviton, DLN president & CEO, said. “More funds raised means more heroes served, and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. These veterans served their country for all of us, and the least we can do is try and give back to them. Delta Dental’s dedication to giving back to veterans is helping DLN change and improve lives.”
About Delta Dental of Missouri
Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a 501 (c)(4) non-profit organization. It provides 1.9 million members with access to affordable, high-quality dental care through group plans tailored to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, from large corporations to small businesses with two or more employees. Delta Dental also offers dental benefit plans directly to individuals and families. The company proudly supports oral health initiatives, educational programs and charitable causes that help educate people about the importance of dental health and provide free dental care to those in need. Delta Dental of Missouri also created the Missouri Dental Care Resource Guide to help individuals access information about low-cost and free dental care options in their area—available online at www.DeltaDentalMO.com/ResourceGuide1. To learn more about the company, visit www.DeltaDentalMO.com.
About Delta Dental Plans Association
Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation’s largest provider of dental insurance, covering more than 80 million Americans, and offering the country’s largest dental network with approximately 156,000 participating dentists. In 2019, Delta Dental companies provided $76 million in direct and in-kind community outreach support to improve the oral health of adults, children and infants in local communities across the country. Visit www.DeltaDental.com for additional information.
About Dental Lifeline Network
Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization and strategic partner of the American Dental Association. DLN’s mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. Through a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,500 laboratories, DLN develops and coordinates direct-service charity programs resulting in life-changing and life-saving treatment.