Fourth quarter of 2014 has come and gone and because of some important initiatives here at Northeast Delta Dental, it went by fast. I truly can’t believe January of 2015 is halfway over. We had a great year at Northeast Delta Dental and the New Year looks bright. I hope that your New Year is off to a great start, too.
For starters, we successfully entered the Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the federal Affordable Care Act in Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont’s private exchange, Vermont Health Connect. We have nearly 3,500 subscribers and more than 6,500 covered lives through these exchanges. In keeping with our mission to improve access to oral health care and education, it was critical that we offered dental plans on these exchanges. We also offer coverage through our private exchange, DeltaDentalCoversMe.com.
This past year we entered a partnership with medical carrier Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) which presents new options for New Hampshire’s consumers. The consumer operated and oriented health insurance plan recently expanded to offer medical plans in New Hampshire for 2015 after capturing more than 83% of the enrollees on the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace in 2014. Northeast Delta Dental is handling the claims processing for the pediatric dental benefit MCHO is including in three of its medical plans being offered on healthcare.gov.
Also in 2014, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation supported a number of oral health initiatives and projects in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. These included the New York University Oral Health Outreach program in Washington County (Machias, Maine); New Hampshire Oral Health Plan; Red Logan Dental Clinic (White River Junction, Vermont); the Vermont State Education Loan Repayment Program for dentists (AHEC); the University of Vermont Dental Residency Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care); Vermont Head Start Early Head Start Tooth Tutor Program; and the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) Dentist Loan Repayment Program.
We are proud to partner with these organizations to increase access to, and the quality of, oral health care and education in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. I will continue to keep you all informed of new developments here at Northeast Delta Dental.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!