Delta Dental Debuts Low-Cost Healthcare Discount Card

Delta Dental Patient Direct™ offers big savings on dental treatment and more
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OKEMOS, Mich., July 09, 2009 – Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana is offering a new discount card that can help everyone save money on the cost of dental treatment and other health care services and products. The Delta Dental Patient Direct™ card provides individuals and families significant discounts on dental, vision and hearing care, and prescription drugs.

In a recent study by the University of Michigan, 46 percent of respondents said they are worried about being able to afford healthcare in the future. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they were worried about losing insurance coverage in the next year, with respondents age 50 to 64 comprising the largest group concerned about this.

The $80 annual fee for Delta Dental Patient DirectTM covers all immediate family members of a household with no waiting periods, no limits on use and no age limits. The card, which is not insurance, is available to residents in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  Discounted dental services are only available in those three states; all other discounts are valid at participating providers nationwide.

“This card is an affordable option for individuals without dental insurance to save money on quality dental treatment from Delta Dental Patient Direct participating dentists,” said Dr. Thomas J. Fleszar, chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. “It also helps individuals make their overall health a priority by providing significant savings for vital health services and products. We are doing our best to provide options that help people get the care they need, especially during these tough economic times.”

On average, Delta Dental Patient DirectTM cardholders will save 20 to 40 percent off the cost of dental services at Delta Dental Patient Direct participating dentists. Discounts are available for dental checkups, fillings, crowns, root canals, orthodontics, cosmetic services and many other procedures. Cardholders also can save between 15 and 30 percent on vision care, prescription drugs and hearing care.

Delta Dental’s partners are offering nationwide discounts through EyeMed Vision CareSM  at retailers including LensCrafters, Target and Sears; prescription drugs at Caremark® pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid; and hearing care through Beltone’sTM 1,300 locations.
To sign up for Delta Dental Patient DirectTM, locate participating providers or find more information, visit www.deltadentalmi.com/patientdirect.

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, with its affiliates in Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico and Tennessee, is one of the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2008, the enterprise paid nearly $2.5 billion for dental care for more than 8 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Lisle, Ill.; Indianapolis and Greenwood, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; and Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis, Tenn.

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