August 19, 1993 |
Takecare and Delta Dental to Pool Efforts: Takecare Health Plan and Delta Dental Plan of California announced a marketing alliance aimed at the 200,000 Californians eligible for benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Takecare, a Concord, Calif.-based health maintenance organization, will try to fatten its share of that market--now about 11%--by offering federal workers, at no extra charge, a dental benefits plan from Delta's HMO subsidiary, PMI. The plan takes effect Jan.
December 9, 2002 |
Delta Dental Plan of California won a five-year renewal of a contract, valued at about $1 billion, with the Department of Defense to provide dental benefits to military retirees and their families. The agreement is effective May 1, the San Francisco-based company said. The Defense Department's Tricare Retiree Dental Program has about 650,000 participants. The contract reduces the mandatory enrollment period and the waiting period for full benefits to a year.
January 7, 1998 |
Delta Dental Plan of California has retained a big state contract to provide dental services to the poor, state officials announced. The award is valued at $650,000 annually, or $3.9 billion over six years. Under the contract, Delta will provide administrative and dental services for nearly 5 million Medi-Cal recipients. Medi-Cal is the state's version of the federal Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.
August 31, 1994 |
Attacking a practice described as widespread in the health care industry, the Justice Department and Arizona's attorney general moved Tuesday to end a dental plan agreement that prevents dentists from discounting their fees. Delta Dental Plan of Arizona admitted no wrongdoing, but under a proposed consent decree filed in federal court in Phoenix, Delta will notify its participating dentists that the plan's "most-favored-nation" pricing provisions no longer apply.
April 5, 1987
The Pentagon said it will provide dental insurance coverage to an estimated 2.5 million dependents of active-duty members of the armed services under a $121-million contract. The contract with the Delta Dental Plan of San Francisco, however, is limited to dependents of personnel stationed in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
April 13, 1998 |
Most patients never receive a simple saliva test that can help prevent tooth decay. The reason? Dentists traditionally don't offer it, because they stand to make more money filling a cavity than preventing it, says Dr. Rory Hume, dean of UCLA's School of Dentistry. While a filling costs $100 to $200, the test runs about $25 to $50. What's more, insurance companies typically won't pay for it.