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CDA fights on behalf of member dentists.

Benefit plan challenges are a top concern for the majority of CDA members, causing serious disruptions in dentists’ ability to carry out treatment plans and patients’ ability to receive the care they need. We’re committed to holding plans accountable and moving toward adequatestandards and more meaningful dental coverage. 

CDA’s pursuit of benefit plan reform includes legal action, legislative advocacy, trusted news on emerging issues, expert-led education and member resources.

How can you get involved?

Watch our meeting

to learn about CDA's advocacy, legal action and member support

Contact your legislator

to support benefit reform by voting yes on AB 1048

Share your stories

of how plan challenges disrupted patient care in your practice

What legal action is CDA taking?

Delta Dental of California’s 2023 changes to reimbursement rate structure and provider agreements have a significant impact on many members’ practices. One of CDA’s actions is litigation to require Delta Dental to honor its contractual obligations inherent in the Participating Dentist Agreement between Delta and its participating providers. CDA is also challenging whether the Delta Dental board of directors has violated its legal responsibilities, referred to as fiduciary duties.


  • January 2023: CDA files legal action against Delta Dental in San Francisco Superior Court
  • April 2023: CDA files First Amended Complaint with additional claims and plaintiffs


Read the full first amended complaint

Review legal action FAQ

News & Updates

Dental benefit resources for CDA members

Tools and guides

to navigate working with benefit plans

One-on-one guidance

from specialized experts

Call 800.232.7645 or email an analyst

Consulting service

for cost-effective analysis, custom to your practice

Past legal and legislative victories

In 2018, CDA achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of dentists – and their right to fair dealings - in our litigation against Delta Dental. During five years of hard-fought litigation, we successfully blocked Delta’s attempt to reduce reimbursement rates for the Premier Plan, saving providers more than $600 million. CDA has also driven multiple legislative wins on behalf of plan transparency, accountability and provider reimbursements.

Read Settlement Summary

Dental Benefits Legislation