Even in this less-than-stellar economy since last October, Northeast Delta Dental has not seen employer groups dropping dental coverage, I think in recognition of the importance of oral health and because the dental benefit is relatively inexpensive (roughly 10% of the group medical premium). We are thankful. I’m curious, for anyone who is reading my blog, on your views on three things: 1) When do you think the economy will recover (some of our economists say 3rd quarter this year, others 4th quarter); 2) Do you think there will be a full recovery, including a more reasonable unemployment rate?; and 3) what is your view of health care reform and the debates going on in Washington?
Thank you. Tom Raffio President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental