Dentists Accuse Delta Dental of Violating Nonprofit Rules
A group of dentists at odds with the Massachusetts' largest dental insurer are accusing the company of violating nonprofit rules and engaging in anticompetitive behavior, and they’re asking Attorney General Maura Healey’s office to investigate.
The dentists detailed their complaints against Delta Dental of Massachusetts in an 11-page letter to Healey, penned by their lawyer, James C. Donnelly Jr. of the firm Mirick O’Connell in Worcester. They say that Delta Dental, whose parent company is a nonprofit, is moving assets to its for-profit subsidiaries “without required process.”
They also allege the company is improperly using the trademarks and goodwill from the nonprofit side of the business to make money on the for-profit side. And, they say, Delta is unfairly directing patients to dentists who have agreed to participate in the company’s proposed new lower-cost insurance plan.