December 2018

The Numbers Behind the Network
According to a recent independent study 1, the Delta Dental PPO SM plan delivers the industry's best effective discount - averaging 26.5 percent nationally - resulting in more than $6.7 billion in annual savings compared to dentists' average charges. 1

The size of our network plays a pivotal role in helping us deliver this industry-leading discount to your clients. In fact, Delta Dental continues to offer access to the largest network nationwide with more than 144,000 unique individual dentists. 2

We appreciate your partnership and as always will continue to provide the plans and network to meet the unique needs of all of your clients. From the Delta Dental of Colorado family to yours, happy holidays and a prosperous 2019!

1 Dental Actuarial Analytics' (formerly Ruark Consulting LLC) 2017 Dental PPO Network Study 
2 March 2018 Independent NetMinder Data; based on the Delta Dental PremierĀ® network
HEALTH CARE REFORM NEWS
Obamacare sign-ups fell for a second year to 8.5 million as changes made by the Trump administration to scale back the health-care law took hold and legal challenges left the fate of the Affordable Care Act in question

Democratic state attorneys general took the first step in appealing a district court's ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

INDUSTRY NEWS
United Press International, December 17, 2018
Nearly three in 10 Americans are delaying healthcare treatments because of their cost, a new Gallup survey said.
If healthcare leaders still need evidence that it's wise to address social determinants of health, one more indication has come in the form of a new Waystar survey, revealing that 68 percent of Americans identified having challenges in at least one SDoH risk category.

COLORADO NEWS
Denver Business Journal, December 19, 2018
Frontier Airlines is adding three new routes with nonstop service to Denver International Airport starting in March 2019.

The Denver Post, December 17, 2018
The River Mile project won crucial approvals of the Denver City Council with votes that drew a broad portrait of the district-sized redevelopment plan.
COLORADO COMPANY NEWS
The Denver Post, December 19, 2018
A federal agency announced Wednesday that it will end Medicare funding to Health in Home Services in Denver, citing the home health organization's failure to meet "basic health and safety requirements."
Denver Business Journal,  December 18, 2018
The resort features 1,501 hotel rooms, 486,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and a 47,500-square-foot sports bar (complete with a 75-foot-tall television).

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