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Resources: LifeSmile – Periodontal Disease Toolkit for Wellness Programs

Policy: Wisconsin Act 59 (2017-2019 Biennial Budget)

Selling: Vision and Pooled-Risk Dental Flexible Commission Now Available

Update: Simplified Waiver Process


Resources: LifeSmile - Periodontal Disease Toolkit for Wellness Programs

Tooth IconDelta Dental of Wisconsin has expanded our LifeSmile wellness toolkit for employers with a periodontal disease module including posters, flyers, and communication materials that can be incorporated into existing wellness program initiatives.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection involving gums and bone supporting the teeth. While easily preventable, it still affects nearly half of all American adults. Left untreated, this condition can lead to painful bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and in the worst cases, tooth loss. In addition, studies link periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes complications.

LifeSmile materials are available for instant download by visiting the Broker Connection or directly for employers through the Employer Connection. Users must log in to access materials. Once on the authenticated website, the LifeSmile link will direct you to a catalog of oral health modules and materials. Additional modules include preventive care, diabetes, and smoking cessation.

To discuss the LifeSmile program and how it can benefit your customers, contact:

Betsy Vinopal
Director of account management
715-343-7648

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Policy: Wisconsin Act 59 (2017-2019 Biennial Budget)

State of Wisconsin Act 59 iconOn September 23rd, 2017, the Wisconsin Budget Bill (Act 59) was passed into legislation, changing the law to prohibit state and local government units (including cities, municipalities, counties, technical colleges, and school districts) from providing coverage to domestic partners on their employee benefit plans.

According to the legislation, any governmental entity that offers either fully-insured or self-funded dental benefits will not be allowed to provide domestic partner benefits the first day of the plan year occurring on or after April 1, 2018.

Delta Dental of Wisconsin will work alongside our agency partners to help our employer customers remain compliant. We will be communicating with government employers the week of March 5th to share instruction on how to make changes to their member enrollment. Updates can be sent to their broker or to a Delta Dental account manager.

Should you receive eligibility changes from one of your accounts, please work with your Delta Dental account manager to process the updates. Questions about ACT 59 eligibility updates can be directed to:

Betsy Vinopal
Director of account management
715-343-7648

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Selling: Vision and Pooled-Risk Dental Flexible Commission Now Available

Selling iconDelta Dental of Wisconsin has expanded our flexible commission options to include new, pooled risk small business dental plans (2-49 enrolled)*. The default commission is eight percent but can be adjusted at the time of proposal to any additional whole percent up to 20.

Flexible commissions are also available for our vision plans with 2 to 499 enrolled lives. Delta Dental, in partnership with EyeMed Vision Care, offer DeltaVision, an integrated vision option for your customers and a single point of contact for dental and vision account management, enrollment, and billing. The commission will also default to eight percent but can be adjusted at the time of proposal to any additional whole percent to 20. Contact your small business sales representative to discuss added rate savings when you bundle dental and vision plans.

Dental and vision plan commissions will renew at the level originally sold.

An updated commission schedule is available on the Broker Connection after you log in. Questions about small business commissions can be directed to:

Jackie Bloomer
Small business sales executive
715-343-7676

All other commission-related questions should be sent to
Commission@DeltaDentalWI.com.

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Update: Simplified Waiver Process

iconOne of the top characteristics brokers rate as an important quality of a benefits carrier is ease of doing business. We're listening. Delta Dental of Wisconsin is providing you another way to simplify working with us. Effective immediately, waiver cards will no longer be required for all employees unless a business provides 100 percent of the employee contribution. Enjoy easier onboarding with Delta Dental.

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