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Album of Delta Dental Receives NADP Gabryl Award

Oct 10, 2014

Association’s Highest Honor Recognizes Contributions to Dental Benefits Industry

DALLAS - - For his work to clarify and improve interpretations of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) pediatric dental provisions, and his countless contributions to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) advocacy efforts on implementation of ACA, Jeff Album of Delta Dental of California earned this year’s prestigious Gabryl Award, the association’s highest honor.

NADP presented the Gabryl Award during CONVERGE 2014, its recent annual conference in Orlando, Florida.  The Gabryl Award honors long-term volunteer achievements that help NADP fulfill its mission to promote and advance the dental benefits industry and improve consumer access to affordable, quality dental care.

NADP Gabryl Award recipients are nominated by volunteers and selected by the Board of Directors.  Album was nominated by the Education Commission, State Exchange and Health Care Reform Task Forces, Operations Workgroup and both the Membership and Communications Committees. They cited his advocacy expertise and efforts to establish cross industry communication as the reasons for his award nomination.

“In early debates on health care reform, Jeff brought his company’s perspective to the NADP Health Care Reform Task Force, and interfaced with many others throughout the industry to try and build consensus. This connecting role was critical in identifying an industry-wide role on the issues.  A single industry approach was instrumental in our success,” said NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE.

Album is vice president of public and government affairs for Delta Dental of California, New York, Pennsylvania, and affiliates including Delta Dental Insurance Company. The San Francisco-based parent holding company of this enterprise, Dentegra Group, Inc., posted consolidated revenues of $7.1 billion in 2013, and now provides dental benefits to more than 27 million enrollees throughout the nation.

Album serves as principal public information officer for this nationwide dental carrier, with responsibilities that include government and media relations, employee and crisis communications and reputation/issues management for all affiliates. He manages a team of 15 state lobbyists, with involvement in federal legislation through positions on the Delta Dental Plans Association Public Policy Committee and NADP Health Care Reform Task Force.  He has served on NADP’s Health Care Reform Task Force since its inception in 2009.  He is also on the board of directors for the California Association of Dental Plans (CADP), and a member of the board of directors for an assortment of companies affiliated with the Dentegra Group.

Album also served two terms on the NADP Board of Directors from 2008-2013, chaired the Communications Committee from 2008-2009 and volunteered on the Government Relations Commission from 2007-2011.

Over his years of volunteering, he received five NADP star awards, including two galaxy awards.  He was one of two volunteers to receive the galaxy award in 2012, which was created for individuals who have received more than three star awards.  He received the galaxy award again in 2013 from two different volunteer groups.  His star awards were presented for advocacy work on the state and federal levels, work with Covered California and assistance in recruiting a Delta Dental plan member.

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the “representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry.” NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP’s members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 163 million Americans, approximately 90 percent of all Americans with dental benefits. 

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