Delta Dental of Iowa has announced additional relief programs for members, employers and dentists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are designed to offer financial assistance as dental offices begin to reopen and premium credits to members who may have had to delay dental and vision care. In addition, members can choose to pay their premium credits forward to support food insecurity issues facing Iowans.

Delta Dental and DeltaVision members with individual and family plans will receive a 25% premium relief credit for April and May premiums. Members can choose to donate their premium relief credit to the Iowa Food Bank Association, which serves food banks in all 99 Iowa counties, and Delta Dental will match members’ donations up to $250,000.

For employer customers that offer fully insured dental and vision plans, Delta Dental will provide a 25% premium relief credit for April and May premiums to be applied to July premiums.

Additionally, Delta Dental of Iowa network dentists reopening their practices will receive a $10 payment for each claim by Delta Dental of Iowa members who have services between May 1 and Aug. 31. In total, more than $4 million in additional support has been dedicated to Delta Dental network dentists through this program.

These support programs are the latest in a series of relief efforts that Delta Dental of Iowa and the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation have implemented over the last two months for dentists and the community. In March, Delta Dental allocated more than $10 million for a new Advance Claims Payment Program to advance dentists payments delayed by COVID-19 dental office closures.

“As we move forward with the uncertainty in this next phase of COVID-19, Delta Dental of Iowa members should know with certainty we are here to support them just as we have for the last 50 years,” said Jeff Russell, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Iowa. “The last few months have brought significant disruption to our members, employers and dentists. Delta Dental is focused on providing the tools, resources and support necessary to actively demonstrate care for our communities.”