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Take Action: Dental plans still not offering adequate relief

CDA is again encouraging dentists to contact dental plans to stress how the lack of any meaningful relief to date continues to threaten the sustainability of dental practices in the new COVID-19 environment.

While Delta Dental of California recently offered a limited supplemental reimbursement to network providers, it falls well short of fully compensating dentists for the actual costs of PPE per patient and does not match realistic projections of PPE needs through the COVID-19 crisis.

CDA continues to advocate for dental plans operating within the state to provide reasonable economic relief to their provider networks to address the increased cost of care and ensure network adequacy for dental plan enrollees. These efforts include pursuing a legislative solution that would require plans to:

  • Provide a $25 minimum PPE payment per patient, per visit through the end of 2021.
  • Extend 2020 annual plan maximums through the end of 2021 to allow enrollees to receive some of the dental care they were unable to receive during shelter-in-place restrictions.

Most dental practices expect additional costs of approximately $25 per patient for mandated personal protective equipment, depending on the procedure. Dental practices are also reducing their typical patient volume for the mid- to long term to comply with the state’s social distancing directives and to maintain the highest level of safety for staff and patients in their offices.

Take Action

Send a letter to each of the major dental plans in California with which you are a contracted provider. You will need to send the letter to each company individually. Click on the plan name on the right side of this page to get started. You may edit the letter to add your personal story, if you wish.

Thank you for supporting this effort to protect dental practices during the pandemic.