Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Dental Association to Supply $1 Million in PPE for Local Dentists Amid COVID-19
by Brianna Neace
| 3 min read
DETROIT, August 24, 2020 – In a cooperative effort with the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will donate $1 million for the procurement and distribution of emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) to support dentists and patients statewide amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to acquire $1 million worth of PPE for the assembly and distribution of safety kits to help protect dentists, dental staff and patients against the transmission of COVID-19 while dental care services are being performed. Each kit will contain NIOSH-approved KN-95 masks, disposable isolation gowns with cuffs and bouffant hair caps. The kits will be shipped to dentists who practice and primarily serve patients throughout Michigan. “Recognizing the importance of regular dental care to the overall health of Michigan residents, we understand it’s a crucial time to support local dentists in providing a service experience that not only safeguards their safety, but helps people feel comfortable getting the care they need,” said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “We’re thankful to the Michigan Dental Association for their partnership in making this endeavor possible.” Blue Cross said the donation is aimed at defraying the cost of purchasing additional personal protective equipment and supplies as dental offices provide services to patients. As a result of the pandemic, safety protocols for dental staff have increased to create a clean and secure environment for anyone seeking dental care. Added measures include daily temperature and symptom checks for employees, full PPE for providers and enhanced disinfection procedures for all surfaces before and after each appointment to help prevent the spread of illness. “Dentists are committed to their patients’ health,” said Dr. Steve Meraw, president of the Michigan Dental Association. “This donation of PPE from Blue Cross shows their support of the essential care that dentistry provides. It is greatly appreciated.” All practicing Michigan dentists, regardless of MDA membership, are eligible to receive a free PPE kit. To register, dentists must complete a form on the michigandental.org website, including the practitioner’s name, dental license number and the shipping address of the dental practice. Packages will not be sent to residential addresses or P.O. Boxes. The deadline to register for a free kit is September 14, 2020. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com. About the Michigan Dental Association The MDA works to educate the public about oral health, promotes the science and art of dentistry, and provides educational materials and services to its 5,900 members, enhancing their ability to provide quality care. For more information, visit www.smilemichigan.com.