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Population Covered by Dental Benefits Raises

Dental Benefits Market Experiences Largest Increase Since 1998

In 2006, 7 million further Americans received dental benefits than the year before, marking a 4.4 percent raise in total dental benefits enrollment, according to the 2007Joint Dental Benefits Enrollment Report published by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) and the Delta Dental Plan Association (DDPA).

NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, remarked, "Cost is the top reason cited by consumers for not going to the dentist. Some 170 million Americans are turning to dental benefits to overcome the cost barrier in seeking dental care and maintaining their oral health. Market growth can be attributed to a new voluntary dental benefit under the expansion of the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, an increase in other voluntary benefits, the introduction of products for the individual market and increasing focus on the connection between oral and overall health."

The Report documents that DPPO captured more than half of the market, at the expense of dental indemnity benefits.

Additional findings comprise:

- The DHMO market goes on to consolidate in states with large metropolitan populations.

- Registration in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program experienced a considerable increase.

- 97% of dental advantages are through group products.

The 2007 NADP/DDPA Joint Dental Benefits Registration Report includes specific information on dental HMOs, dental PPOs, dental indemnity and discount dental enrollment at the national and state levels as well as direct reimbursement and publicly funded advantages at the national level.



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