Delta Dental Plans Association is a dental plan system which comprises 39 independent Delta Dental member companies.
Delta Dental began in 1954 with the formation of dental service corporations by dentists who wanted to increase access to oral health care in California, Washington, and Oregon.
Deltan Dental Plans Association (DDPA) was created in 1966 to bring these state organizations together and to coordinate care for companies with employees in different states. The company contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in states without a Delta Dental affiliate.
Member companies now provide coverage in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Member companies are all sizes, with some as small as tens of employees and some as large as thousands of employees and covering ten states.
The 39 member companies contract with more than 97,000 large and small employer groups to provide dental care benefits through HMO, PPO, and POS plans.