March 2018

Setting the Bar High for Service
Delta Dental of Colorado is committed to providing high- quality service for members, providers, and employer groups. We know we have a strong reputation in the brokerage community, and it is our goal to continue to introduce new products and services that are on the leading edge of dental benefits. You can also rest assured that your clients are receiving a strong service experience as evidenced by our recent customer satisfaction survey for 2017. When asked how they feel about having Delta Dental as their dental benefits provider, 92 percent responded "very satisfied" and "extremely satisfied."

Our research indicates that ease of doing business with DDCO is the number one determinant of overall satisfaction, followed by good value for the money, and our customer service representative's knowledge and expertise.

If you're interested in more information about our surveys, contact your account manager.


The American Heart Association's 2018 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk
" When I learned that people with gum disease have nearly double the risk for heart disease as those with healthy gums, I saw a clear illustration of the important connection between oral and overall health," said Helen Drexler, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado and the 2018 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk Chair.   "We partnered with the American Heart Association to help educate more people about this critical link."  

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from the country's number 1 and number 5 killers -- heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk is a fun way to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
 
Join the fun! Create a team or join the Delta Dental of Colorado team  at the 2018 Denver Heart & Stroke Walk on June 2 , 2018,   at Broncos Stadium. Would you like to make a gift that can save a life and/or can't walk with us the day of the event?   Make a gift of $25 or more toward our DDCO Broker Campaign and Delta Dental will match it!*  
If you're interested in walking or ready to donate today, please contact Andrea Miller, community engagement manager, at   amiller@ddpco.com  or by phone at 303-889-8614.
(*Not to exceed a total of $2,500 for the campaign.)
Dentists Drill into Consumer Services: Extended Hours, Insurance Plans and More
Denver Business Journal, March 1, 2018
Dentists have always taken care of patients' teeth, but not always their patients' time, money, or overall health needs.

All of that is changing in the Denver area, however.

Driven by shifts in population and by the need to reach patients who ignore their oral health, local dentists are becoming more consumer-oriented and offering services that formerly were not in their domain.

Practices -- especially the national dentistry chains that increasingly are operating in the area -- are offering their own insurance plans, extending their hours and giving discounts for cash payments in a bid to attract more patients into their chairs.

The moves are, thus far, paying off in a growth in customers for these innovative firms. And they are leading dental insurers and foundations to experiment with new relationships with primary-care providers as insurers wander outside of their traditional business-to-business focus and become more attuned to business-to-consumer relationships. 

HEALTH CARE REFORM NEWS
White House may support ACA fixes if conservative measures are passed
The Hill, March 6, 2018
The White House is pushing for several conservative policies to be included in a bill aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare, according to an administration memo obtained by The Hill.

Insurers' CSR reimbursement for 2017 gets the boot in new White House proposal
Modern Healthcare, March 8, 2018
The White House encouraged Congress to pass legislation that does not authorize cost-sharing reduction payments for insurers in 2017, even though individual market insurers had to pay into the program on behalf of their low-income enrollees.

INDUSTRY NEWS
ACA fixes would lower premiums, improve access to coverage, analysis finds
The Examiner, March 12, 2018
A new analysis from Oliver Wyman has found Affordable Care Act stabilization bills that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments for two years and provide $10 billion for state reinsurance programs would reduce premiums by over 40% in the individual market and increase the number of insured Americans by 3.2 million.
Trump insurance proposal could lead to 3M people leaving ObamaCare
The Hill, February 28, 2018
A Trump administration proposal that would allow businesses to band together to buy insurance would shift more than 3 million enrollees out of ObamaCare's marketplaces and lead to premium increases, according to a new analysis. 

COLORADO NEWS
Plans taking shape for redevelopment around Elitch Gardens
The Denver Post, March 6, 2018
Surface parking lots around Elitch Gardens will be transformed into multi-use project.

Denver Business Journal, March 6, 2018
Ten people from Amazon.com Inc.'s HQ2 team visited Denver in February without fanfare to check out the region for themselves.

COLORADO COMPANY NEWS
Colorado restaurant chains are enhancing maternity leave policies
Denver Business Journal, March 2, 2018
Two big chains are making changes, the latest being Broomfield-based Noodles & Company. 

Colorado unemployment holds steady, job growth swings up
Denver Business Journal,  March 12, 2018
Colorado employers added 7,100 non-farm jobs to their payrolls in January, outpacing previous months.

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