Delta hearing scheduled for Oct. 11

A case management conference related to CDA's proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental has been rescheduled for Oct. 11, from the previous date of Aug. 25.

The hearing was scheduled to provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the court to review procedures that were used to estimate the impact of the inflation adjustment percentage. Delta Dental’s INAP is the basis for the alleged underpayment to class members, and it was used to determine settlement amounts for Premier Providers who had their fees limited by this procedure. It is not yet known how this may affect settlement amounts for eligible Premier Providers; however, in response to a process used by counsel for CDA and the class to audit and verify calculations, Delta Dental has indicated that some amounts were undercalculated. The court has ordered the verification to be complete by Oct. 11, and legal counsel for CDA and the class is working to ensure the process is completed accurately.

CDA will continue to keep members informed about the proposed settlement agreement through the Update, newsletter and cda.org. Class members can get additional information about the settlement by visiting deltadentalofcaliforniasettlement.com.

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