February 7, 2008
Contact: Adam Sohn, AARP, 202-434-2560, firstname.lastname@example.org
AARP Services Inc. and the Delta Dental Insurance Company today announced that the AARP Dental Insurance Plans administered by Delta Dental now include a third annual cleaning as a covered benefit.
“Our members continue to cite dental benefits as one of their most pressing needs and areas of concern,” said John Wider, vice president of Health Products and Services, AARP Services Inc. “Expanding the program to deliver additional preventive services adds value for our members and supports a holistic strategy to promote overall health.”
Maintaining optimal oral health not only gives beneficiaries a brighter, healthier smile, but may also help them fend off many potentially chronic diseases. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research indicates a link between periodontal disease and many serious health conditions.
“There is increasing evidence that poor dental health is associated with several serious and chronic medical conditions, so the opportunity to provide more coverage for preventive dental care in the plan benefit design should boost the overall value of the AARP Dental Insurance program, which has proven effective and affordable for many members,” said Lowell Daun, DDS, a senior vice president with Delta Dental.
Preventive appointments are invaluable in identifying dental problems which, if left undiagnosed and untreated, may become more serious and more costly to treat. New enrollees of the program are eligible for the third cleaning in their first year of coverage. Existing AARP enrollees who renew their membership in the Delta Dental plan automatically receive the benefit upgrade.
The AARP-branded Delta Dental program targets millions of 50-plus Americans who lack or face losing employer-sponsored dental coverage upon retirement. Those individuals face limited choices when it comes to dental insurance, often plans that are restricted access, HMO-type programs available only in large metropolitan areas.
The AARP Dental Insurance Plans from Delta Dental feature comprehensive family coverage and the freedom to choose any licensed dentist. Rates average around $43 per month for single coverage, with premiums discounted for two-person and family coverage. Actual costs vary depending on where AARP members live, and the prevailing regional cost of dental care.
News of the added benefit comes as the affordable, voluntary dental program, managed through subsidiary AARP Services exceeds 200,000 participants in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
For more information about the AARP Dental Insurance Plans, visit www.deltadentalins.com or call toll-free (866) 583-2085. AARP membership is required for enrollment.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About AARP Services Inc.
AARP Services, founded in 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the wide range of products and services that are offered as benefits to AARP’s 39 million + million members. The offers span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services founded AARP Financial Incorporated, a subsidiary that manages AARP-endorsed financial products including AARP Funds; AARP Services develops new products, manages and markets products and services, creates and maintains partnership and sponsorship relationships, and develops and manages AARP’s award-winning Web site, AARP.org.
About Delta Dental Insurance Company and the holding company system that includes Delta Dental of California, New York and Pennsylvania
Delta Dental Insurance Company, Dentegra Insurance Company, and Dentegra Insurance Company of New England together underwrite the AARP Dental Insurance Plan and are affiliated with a larger holding company system that includes Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental Plan of Puerto Rico. This holding company system last year posted an estimated $5.3 billion in consolidated gross revenues, and collectively covers nearly 22 million Americans in a variety of fee-for-service, PPO and HMO dental programs throughout the country.
Regionally, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania administers benefits for the Delta Plans and affiliated operations in the District of Columbia, along with Maryland, New York and West Virginia.
The AARP Dental Insurance Plans specifically are administered from two linked operational centers; one in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg; the other in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, California.