Funded by Delta Dental of Colorado
Foundation (DDCOF) with additional support from the Colorado Health Foundation for Wave II, the project is currently in its fourth year, with funding provided to 26 medical practices.
Delta Dental of Colorado
has introduced new self-funded dental plans for businesses with more than 50 employees, responding to demand for more plan variety for small groups.
Paul, chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Colorado
, Denver, says the Affordable Care Act treats dental coverage differently from major medical insurance because it is different.
Delta Dental of Colorado is the largest dental benefits company in the state, serving more than one million customers.
"We were quickly outgrowing our existing storage, and facing an Exchange ugrade so we sought a new system to provide more capacity and support the upgrade," said Scott Threlkeld, information systems manager, Delta Dental of Colorado. "We also needed a system that would align our storage with our existing server virtualization application.
According to a 2015 survey of roughly 300 small-business owners (those with five to 100 employees) conducted by Market Perceptions & Healthcare Research and commissioned by Delta Dental of Colorado
, close to half said their benefits to employees have been impacted at least "a moderate amount." And four out of 10 executives surveyed said their company's employee benefits have been impacted by the ACA "a great deal."
Brokers "understand the importance of dental benefits for both employers and employees, both from a health perspective and from the perspective of employers being able to attract and retain the most talented employees," says Barbara Springer, a vice president at Delta Dental of Colorado
Among Colorado businesses with five to 49 employees, half said they were considering changing their insurance carrier in 2015, while the other half felt "extremely" or "very" confident that they would renew with their current carrier, according to a survey of 320 small-business owners and benefits decision-makers commissioned by Delta Dental of Colorado.
"Small-business owners told us they are in a state of 'jump ball' when it comes to health benefits, and they are open to change," said Kate Paul, CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado. "They are feeling the effects of the Affordable Care Act and see more change ahead.
At Delta Dental of Colorado
, which provides dental services for 1 million Coloradans, CEO Kate Paul talks about the team spirit and the staffs dedication to the company mission.
Delta Dental of Colorado
takes pride in its long history of being a robust part of Colorado's economy.
* "The dental-benefits business is a pretty skinny-margin business," said the always straight-talking Kathryn Paul, president and chief executive of Delta Dental of Colorado
, a nonprofit dental-service corporation that provides care to more than 1 million people across the state.