During 2020, Delta Dental of Arkansas provided more than $27 million in direct COVID-19 relief for customers.
According to the company, its relief funding in 2020 totaled $27.4 million. Of this total, Delta Dental provided $22.6 million in premium and administrative credits to group clients. These clients received a credit for at least one month’s premium or administrative fee for dental and vision insurance. Commissions, totaling $793,000, were distributed to insurance agents based on these credits.
The Little Rock-based company also provided $2.175 million in Reopening Readiness Grants for network dentists that went toward personal protection equipment and sanitation supplies. Dental practices also received $1.3 million in interest-free loans, as part of the Advance Receipts Program, while practices were required to remain closed in the early pandemic period.
Delta Dental also provided $532,500 in grants to 90 nonprofits in Arkansas.
“Arkansans have relied on Delta Dental as a committed business and community partner since 1982,” Delta Dental of Arkansas president and CEO Ed Choate said in a statement. “We take that responsibility very seriously. So when the COVID-19 crisis hit, our first reaction was: ‘How can we find ways to immediately support our network dentists, business clients, members and community partners with the challenges they were facing?’ “
The Delta Dental Plans Association, a not-for-profit association of 39 independent Delta Dental companies, distributed $1.1 billion in COVID-19 relief funding in 2020.