Delta Dental proposed settlement notices to be mailed by May 12

Updated May 2, 2017

Dentists who are part of a class action lawsuit against Delta Dental of California should expect to receive notices of the proposed settlement in the mail soon. Preliminary approval of the proposed settlement by a San Francisco Superior Court judge triggers a settlement administrator to issue formal notices to dentists who are part of the class.

The proposed settlement is the result of legal action CDA filed against Delta Dental regarding Participating Dentist Agreements with providers in the Delta Dental Premier® network. CDA took a stand on behalf of members to protect their rights to fair dealings after learning of Delta’s plans to reduce Premier Provider rates by 8 to 12 percent. The legal action successfully blocked Delta’s attempt to reduce reimbursement rates for 3 ½ years, which saved dentists nearly a half-billion dollars in fee reimbursements.

The settlement administrator has until May 12 to mail the formal notices to dentists and set up a website, deltadentalofcaliforniasettlement.com, and phone number for additional information. Dentists who choose not to participate in the class have a June 26 deadline to opt out. Dentists should read the notice carefully, including terms of the settlement and a revised PDA for Premier Providers.

A final approval hearing on the proposed settlement is scheduled for Aug. 31 in San Francisco Superior Court. It is expected that all claims from the settlement amount will be completed within six months after the settlement becomes final. Any payments that remain unclaimed after 90 days will be paid to the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program.

CDA is committed to supporting members in many ways, including the pursuit of this litigation on behalf of dentists. CDA also offers sophisticated practice management and dental benefits guidance through CDA Practice Support at cda.org/practicesupport, which offers important tools to assist with managing dental practices and evaluating accepted plans.

CDA will continue to keep members informed about the proposed settlement process through the CDA Update, e-newsletter and cda.org/delta.

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