A brand new report released this week from the National Association of Dental Plans that shows a huge increase in the number of Americans with commercial dental benefits in 2012. The individuals in just one year brings the total to at the end of 2012.
The number of Americans covered by some form of dental insurance grew by 11 million during 2012 to a whopping 187 million, according to a just-released report from the National Association of Dental Plans that shows a huge increase in the number of Americans with commercial dental benefits in 2012. The increase is largely attributed to economic growth and an increased employment rate.
The actual report is available for purchase only, but NADP released highlights and commentary to the media. Steven R. Olson, president and CEO of Delta Dental Plans Association, said, "Studies have shown that people with dental benefits visit the dentist more regularly, so increased access to dental coverage should result in improved oral health across America."
And from NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, "The recent launch of the State and Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (Exchanges) provides an additional avenue to expand dental coverage in future years."
Released highlights from the report include:
- An increasing trend towards DPPO products, which currently make up 78% of all commercial products,
- Near universal financial contribution by enrollees for coverage (99% for Discount, 93% for DMHO, and 94% for DPPO plans, compared to only 45% for Dental Indemnity plans), and
- the near universal exclusion of dental plans from overall health care plans (just .5% of dental plans are integrated with medical policies).
So does this mean more patients seeking your services? Have you seen an increase in the number of people with dental benefits in your community? Let us know.