President and CEO
Since 1955, Delta Dental of California has offered comprehensive, high quality oral health care coverage to millions of enrollees and built the strongest network of dental providers in the country. The Delta Dental of California network includes its affiliates, Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental of New York, Inc., and provides dental benefits to nearly 37 million people across 15 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. All are members of the Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, the not-for-profit national association that collectively delivers coverage to more Americans than any other dental insurance company.
Over the past century, both dental insurance and oral health have undergone significant changes. A few decades ago, most adults over 50 had dentures and very few people saw the dentist unless it was an emergency. Dental benefits didn’t exist because good oral health simply wasn’t that important. Fortunately, in 1955, a small group of dentists set out to revolutionize oral health care.
Recognizing the need to increase access to oral health care, they formed dental service organizations in California, Oregon and Washington. This led to the creation of the first non-profit dental service company — Washington Dental Service. From this point, we began to build and expand dental insurance programs for employees.
Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., and Delta Dental Insurance Company, together with their affiliate companies, form one of the largest dental benefits delivery systems in the country.
We provide dental benefits plans in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Our group of companies and affiliates are members of the Delta Dental Plans Association, a network of 39 independent Delta Dental member companies. This gives our enrollees access to some of the largest dentist networks nationwide. Learn more about our enterprise networks.
Through our Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, we partner with nonprofit organizations across our enterprise states and the District of Columbia to increase access to care, as well as support oral health education, research and scholarships. Learn more about the work of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation.
We are proud of our reputation for attracting and developing some of the brightest leaders in the insurance industry. Strong leadership is vital to fulfilling our mission to help dentists, patients, employers and brokers find solutions to their dental care and insurance needs.
Delta Dental believes everyone should have access to quality dental care. That's why we contract with federal, state and local agencies to underwrite and/or administer dental programs that provide much-needed services for those without group-sponsored coverage. These programs include: