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Delta Dental welcomed U.S. Representative Karen Handel (GA-6) to our Alpharetta office in metro Atlanta on Thursday to meet with our employees, discuss legislative issues and celebrate the vibrant business community in North Fulton County.

Rep. Karen Handel speaking to employees at Delta Dental’s Alpharetta, GA office

Rep. Handel’s visit began with a brief tour of the facility for our Direct to Consumer (D2C) business segment, which is focused on delivering affordable dental care products for individuals and promoting access to dental care across the country.

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, 74 million Americans had no dental coverage at the end of 2016. Through health care exchanges and membership programs like AARP, our D2C business unit is aiming to provide coverage to the uninsured as well as those who may lose employer-sponsored coverage upon retirement. With roughly 10,000 Americans retiring every day, the opportunity to provide coverage and peace of mind continues to grow.

Employees in Delta Dental’s D2C facility in Alpharetta, GA

Rep. Handel and Delta Dental delegates discussed opportunities to make dental coverage more widely available through the health insurance marketplace by allowing individuals to purchase a dental plan without requiring the purchase of medical coverage.

“Delta Dental has been hard at work with their D2C initiative to bring new markets to the forefront. Through this program, people have better options for dental coverage in the health care marketplace,” says Rep. Handel. “Additionally, I applaud their commitment to our community and to provide greater dental insurance access.”

Rep. Handel also took the opportunity to address a broad range of questions from employees. For instance, she responded to questions about legislation on local transportation, including a $184 million federal grant to expand GA State Route 400.

We are fortunate to welcome policymakers into our workplace to celebrate our mutual successes, and to work toward a better future both on a national scale and within our local communities. Delta Dental looks forward to continuing our work with federal lawmakers and regulatory agencies to improve access to quality dental care across the country.

Congresswoman Karen Handel speaking with delegates from Delta Dental in Alpharetta, GA

On Rep. Handel’s visit, Senior Legislation and Policy Analyst Stephanie Berry says, “We really appreciate the opportunity to discuss a federal policy issue affecting our D2C business with the congresswoman. Currently, the only way to purchase dental plans on the health care exchanges is by first purchasing medical coverage. If the system were updated to allow Americans to purchase dental directly on the exchanges, millions more Americans, including the millions of retirees on Medicare, would have the opportunity to purchase affordable, high-quality dental.”

For more information about our work on health care policy, meet our staff of policy experts.

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