April 2018

DDCO recognized as a 2018 Business for the Arts Award Honoree
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts recognized Delta Dental of Colorado as a 2018 Business for the Arts Award honoree. The annual Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses, and stellar leadership across the state.

Watch our CEO, Helen Drexler, and chief clinical officer, Cheryl Lerner, detail our different efforts in supporting the arts and advancing Colorado's cultural vitality.

American Heart Association and DDCO Partner to Bridge the Gap Between Oral Health and Heart Health
Did you know that people with gum disease have nearly double the risk for heart disease as those with healthy gums? 

Delta Dental of Colorado and the American Heart Association understand the important connection between oral health and overall health. That's why we've partnered to bring you the LifeSmile Change Award.

This award is presented annually to a deserving individual(s) who has made the commitment to make positive changes to improve their quality of life and overall health. They may have lost weight, started to eat better, improved their cholesterol through exercise and diet, made a commitment to preventive care, or something else that has put them on the road to better health. The recipient is chosen to inspire others to also improve their health.

Do you know a coworker, family member, or friend whose health has greatly improved as a result of making long-term lifestyle changes? If you do, please share their story with us. How has this impacted their health and how have they stayed on track doing it? Did they inspire you or others? Or nominate yourself! Visit heart.org/lifesmile to complete your nomination today.

The winner will be introduced at the 2018 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, June 2, at Broncos Stadium so get your walking shoes ready and save the date. This is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers-heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's 
fun and rewarding. We invite you to create a team or join the Delta Dental of Colorado team as we walk to  fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Sad Tooth: 6 in 10 Adults are too Scared to Visit the Dentist
A new study finds that six in ten American adults are too scared to visit the dentist.

Researchers at Hello Products, a dental care startup, polled 2,000 adults in the United States on their oral hygiene habits, which led to some interesting findings.

For instance, among the more stunning results, the survey showed that three in 10 millennials only brush their teeth  once a day. Millennials also admit they've gone two or three days on average without brushing at all.

Yet, a convincing majority (56 percent) expressed fear or anxiety over losing their teeth, despite having poor dental habits.

Going to the dentist was admittedly a phobia for most respondents -- overall, 62% of adults surveyed said that they were too spooked to even visit a dentist's office -- but particularly among millennials, perhaps helping explain why their much-flaunted smiles appear to be at risk. Millennials were more likely than those over 55 to create excuses to avoid regular dental check-ups (56 percent to 36 percent, respectively).

Delta Dental of Colorado believes continued education on the connection between oral and overall health will help convey the importance of regular dentist visits and hopefully shift the mindset of those who avoid check-ups. You can find more information on our oral and overall health communications  here

CMS gives Medicare Advantage plans a raise
Modern Healthcare, April 2, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule giving Medicare Advantage plans a 3.4% pay hike in 2019. That's well above the 1.84% bump the agency initially proposed and higher that the 2.95% increase for 2018.

To Curb Rising Health Insurance Costs, Some States Try 'Reinsurance Pools'
Stateline, April 9, 2018
More states are moving to set up their own reinsurance programs in hopes of reducing premiums and stabilizing their individual insurance markets.

Nearly half of Americans forgo medical care because of cost
Healio, March 27, 2018
Due to high costs of health care, 44% of people in the United States avoid visiting the doctor's office when sick or injured, and approximately 40% skip necessary medical tests or treatment, according to results from a new national poll that were presented at the American Society on Aging 2018 Aging in America Conference.
As number of HealthCare.gov brokers dwindles, Georgia passes bill to protect their commissions
Modern Healthcare, April 2, 2018
Georgia's Legislature passed a bill late last week that requires health insurers to pay commissions to agents and brokers for almost all policies sold if the insurer included commissions in its rate filings.

2 Colorado cities picked for 'Smart City Collaborative'
Denver Business Journal, April 5, 2018
Two Colorado cities have made the list of 22 communities nationwide to join the 2018 Smart Cities Collaborative.

What's new at Coors Field for the 2018 season? A massive new scoreboard, a napping room and Rocky Mountain oysters
The Denver Post, April 6, 2018
A towering scoreboard 258 percent larger than its predecessor; a quiet room complete with napping spots for sleepy players; bull testicles. Coors Field is full of surprises for the 2018 Rockies season.

Denver hoops star Chauncey Billups to open restaurant, jazz club in Five Points' Rossonian Hotel, developer says
The Denver Post, April 16, 2018
Palisade Partners, the owner of the storied but dormant Rossonian Hotel, unveiled its plans Monday to re-open the historic building as a 41-room boutique hotel complemented by a basement jazz club and ground-floor restaurant and lounge.

Denver tops in the nation for small-business growth, says new report
The Denver Post,  April 5, 2018
Denver overtook Seattle as the top-ranked metro for small business employment growth in March, according to a new report.

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