Delta Dental of SD Awarded Funding to Improve American Indian Oral Health

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Delta Dental of South Dakota has been awarded a three-year, $3.3 million dollar “Health Care Innovation Award” from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s CMS Innovation Center to improve oral health for American Indians. Delta Dental is one of 26 entities selected in locations across the nation which will be used to help deliver better oral health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP. Scott Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of South Dakota says the additional funds will help to improve the oral health status of those with the greatest needs and least current care. Delta Dental will work with the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and the South Dakota Dental Association in managing the project. It’s expected that about 13,000 patients will be served per year and 24 new staff will be hired to implement the project, including registered dental hygienists and community health representatives who will work to treat and educate patients and coordinate their dental care.

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