Grant Will Increase Access to Dental Care for People who are Elderly, Medically Fragile or Living with Disabilities
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian Life) today announced a $400,000 grant to Dental Lifeline Network (DLN). The grant renews Guardian Life's commitment to help expand dental care access across the country for individuals who are elderly, medically fragile or living with disabilities. Most patients DLN's volunteer dentists treat suffer from seriously neglected diseases and are unable to access dental care due to the cost or lack of dental coverage.
The latest grant will further help DLN extend volunteer dentist recruitment efforts, expand coordinated care and support the Will You See One Vet campaign, a recruitment initiative aimed to engage volunteer dentists to help veterans with special needs. Most veterans do not qualify for dental benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"We are so grateful for Guardian's ongoing partnership and support of our programs," said Fred Leviton, CEO, Dental Lifeline Network. "To date, its support has contributed to over 1,300 patients receiving more than $5 million in donated dental care that they wouldn't otherwise receive."
Through the flagship program Donated Dental Services (DDS), DLN provides complimentary, comprehensive dental care through a national network of nearly 16,000 volunteer dentists and 3,500 volunteer laboratories.
"We're very proud of our partnership with Dental Lifeline Network, and the progress we've made to increase access to quality dental care for the most vulnerable individuals across the U.S.," said Chris Swanker, CEO, Avēsis, a Guardian Company. "At Guardian, we understand that barriers to quality dental care still persist, so it's partnerships like these that enable us to reach those who are underserved and uninsured."
Since partnering with DLN in 2018, Guardian Life has contributed nearly $1 million and helped increase dental care access both nationally and with targeted statewide programs in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization and strategic partner of the American Dental Association. DLN's mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that help provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.
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