Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 11

a useful solution. Research has shown that those with dental insurance are more than twice as likely as those without dental coverage to obtain regular, preventive care. For individuals, families, retirees and employees of small- and medium-sized companies that do not offer dental benefits, the individual dental benefits plan will provide an affordable option. One hundred seventy-three million Americans are covered by dental benefits through employer-sponsored group plans or other group or individual plans. This represents more than half of the population.2 Our individual dental benefits plan will provide an opportunity for more individuals and families in Missouri to obtain dental coverage. Evidence-Based Research, Treatment and Outcomes In 2008, Delta Dental of Missouri became the primary owner of the DAC (Dental Data and Analysis Center), which is one of the largest dental claims databases in the nation. DAC contains millions of claims, collected over the last decade, from participating Delta Dental companies across the U.S. Using DAC, Delta Dental has the ability to analyze the long-term outcomes of various dental treatments to determine optimal care strategies and associated costs. In the future, we anticipate applying the knowledge gained from DAC analysis to new benefits plan designs and treatment policies. Expanding Our Footprint We are very proud that we continue to expand the reach of our services to new segments of the population which can benefit from improved access to quality, affordable dental care. Several years ago, we launched a regional office, Delta Dental in South Carolina, which has enjoyed significant growth within the last five years. Today, Delta Dental in South Carolina boasts one of the largest dentist networks in their state and serves over 112,000 members. innovating 11

Delta Dental Annual Report 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Delta Dental Annual Report 2008

2008 At a Glance
From the President and CEO and Chairman of the Board
Leading with Service
Delivering Exceptional Value
Innovating to Improve Oral Health
Committing to Community
Empowering Employees
Advancing with a Strong Financial Footing
Statement of Financial Position
Board of Directors
Photo Index
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Cover1
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 2
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 2008 At a Glance
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - From the President and CEO and Chairman of the Board
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 5
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Leading with Service
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 7
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Delivering Exceptional Value
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 9
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Innovating to Improve Oral Health
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 11
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Committing to Community
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 13
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Empowering Employees
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 15
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Advancing with a Strong Financial Footing
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Statement of Financial Position
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Board of Directors
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Photo Index
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com