Routine dental care again allowed 

Dentists began seeing patients for routine visits again on May 19. Prior to reopening, dental offices have implemented new protocols, including additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to further protect the health and safety of you and your family members. 

Some employees have reported that their dentists are charging them for the additional PPE needed to prevent the transmission of COVID 19. Delta Dental is now paying dentists an additional amount for each visit to cover the cost of PPE. Covered members are not required to pay any additional charges for PPE. Delta Dental contracts with network dentists do not allow for dentists to charge members anything additional for supplies. 

You may wish to check with your dentist before your next dental appointment to see if they are going to charge you an extra fee for PPE. You can share the information above with your dentist, but if your dentist insists on charging you extra for PPE, you are not obligated to pay it. 

As a reminder, the dental plans for those in the Regular and Transit ATU 587 employee benefit groups covers preventive and diagnostic services at 100% with no deductible. That includes cleanings, exams, and x-rays, plus sealants and fluoride for children through age 18.  

If you have questions about your dental benefits, please contact the Benefits Team at 206-684-1556 or KC Benefits.