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    Delta Dental of Massachusetts Donates $2 Million to Support Massachusetts Dental Society and Local Dentists

    Delta Dental of Massachusetts (DDMA) today announced its contribution of $2M to the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund, established to support the continued viability of community dental offices and dentists across the Commonwealth following the extended COVID-19 shutdown.
     

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Massachusetts dental offices to close, except for emergency care,” said Dennis Leonard, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Massachusetts. “This not only limits patients’ access to non-urgent care, it creates significant financial and business challenges for dentists and other oral health providers.”

    The MDS Foundation announced the establishment of its COVID-19 Recovery Fund on April 21, with an internal commitment of $300,000 and a goal of raising $2M from other parties. The DDMA contribution fully funds the expressed fundraising target, and MDS will identify and determine the most meaningful ways to distribute these funds.

    “We are working with dentists in our network to understand the impact on their businesses and how we can best support them during the pandemic,” explained Leonard. “Our investment in the MDS Fund is the first – but not only – step we plan to take. Because we believe the need is even greater, we are working on additional plans to support the dentists in our network and urging our industry peers to also demonstrate their support for Massachusetts dentists and oral health providers.”

    “I, and all of the members of the MDS Foundation, are deeply appreciative of the grant from DDMA to help our dentists in need during this pandemic,” said Robert Lewando, DDS and Chair of the MDS Foundation. “DDMA recognized the significant challenges our member dentists face and has risen to the challenge to help them survive at a time when many practices are in deep financial need, and I am extremely grateful to them for the action they have taken.”

    Earlier this month, DDMA responded to local community needs with a $150,000 contribution to The City of Boston’s Resiliency Fund and $25,000 contributions to the Worcester Together: COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund, and the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley.

    “These are unprecedented times,” added Leonard. “The losses and disruptions caused by this pandemic are widespread and ongoing. Delta Dental of Massachusetts is committed to providing more resources to support our patients, providers and clients, and we’re continuing to evaluate other steps we can take in the coming weeks and months to secure and improve the oral health of all.”
     

    About Delta Dental of Massachusetts

    Delta Dental of Massachusetts (www.deltadentalma.com), the largest provider of dental benefits in the state, is a leader in innovative programs that improve the overall health of members, prevent oral disease and reduce health care costs for employers, groups and individuals. Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., Delta Dental of Massachusetts, a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association (www.deltadental.com), covers more than 2 million people. Follow us on Twitter (@DeltaDentalofMA), Facebook (www.facebook.com/DeltaDentalMA), and Instagram (@deltadentalofma) and check out the monthly oral health calendar at www.keepahealthysmile.com.