“A” (Excellent) ratings affirmed by A.M. Best

June 7, 2017

San Francisco — On June 7, 2017, A.M. Best affirmed the financial strength rating and the issuer credit ratings for Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., and Delta Dental of Pennsylvania as “A” (Excellent). The outlook for all ratings is “stable.”

A.M. Best said the rating affirmations “reflect growth trends in premium volume, profitability and risk-adjusted capital levels reported on a consolidated and individual company basis.” It also noted strong operating results driven by increased membership, disciplined pricing, benefit design, continued efficiencies realized from major system upgrades positively impacting expenses and favorable dental trends.

Partially offsetting these strengths, according to A.M. Best, are “the competitive environment that the organization operates in, which faces competition from strong participants ranging from the largest carriers offering national, full-line commercial insurance to the small local, single office, third-party administrators providing claims payment services.” The rating agency also noted that current individual and government-sponsored lines of business could be impacted by legislative and regulatory changes.

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