Delta Dental partners with Superior HealthPlan to provide dental benefits to Texas STAR enrollees

May 28, 2010

Flower Mound, Texas — Delta Dental Insurance Company will provide dental benefits for Superior HealthPlan’s STAR Health, STAR+PLUS and Medicare Advantage Programs, the two companies announced today.

The alliance will direct commercial-quality dental benefits to an underserved, low-income population with many unmet dental needs.

STAR, the state and federal Medicaid program that provides free insurance to qualified children and adults, is managed by Superior on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Delta Dental benefits become available beginning June 1 for enrollees in Superior’s three main programs: STAR Health, for children and young adults in the Texas Foster Care program; STAR+PLUS, the Texas Medicaid managed care program for low-income people who have disabilities or are elderly; and Medicare Advantage, which covers individuals with both Medicare and Medicaid.

“We are pleased to partner with Superior HealthPlan in support of community-based dental programs in Texas that reach out to the dentally underserved population,” said Robert Budd, Delta Dental’s regional vice president. “Working in partnership with Superior, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Dental Association represents an opportunity that aligns perfectly with our corporate mission to expand access to affordable dental coverage.”

Program Information

STAR Health: STAR Health offers health care coverage for Texas children and young adults in foster care. Services and benefits include Preventive Health, such as regular checkups and immunizations, office visits, visits to the dentist and visits for eye checkups; Behavioral Health Care; Hospital coverage and Prescriptions and medical supplies. In addition, Telemedicine services – consultations and assessments done by a provider using teleconference capability – and online access to health information are also available. Delta Dental will provide Medicaid dental benefits for STAR Health enrollees effective June 1. For more information, visit the Superior Foster Care website: http://www.fostercaretx.com/

STAR+PLUS: STAR+PLUS is a Texas Medicaid managed care program for low-income people who have physical or mental disabilities or who are elderly. Offered in the San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas, the program includes such benefits as primary and specialty physician care, prescription drugs and medical supplies, mental health care, hospital care and vision services. It also offers many other services ranging from language interpretation and health care service coordination to meal delivery/preparation assistance, housekeeping and adult day care. The value-added dental services, available only to STAR+PLUS Members who are not enrolled in Medicare, include one periodic exam per benefit year, an emergency exam, certain x-rays and extractions. Effective June 1, Delta Dental also will administer the dental benefits for Members enrolled in the STAR+PLUS waiver program, which includes a $5,000 maximum benefit year. For more information, visit Superior’s website: http://www.superiorhealthplan.com/about-us/superior-healthplan-starplus/

Medicare Advantage: Medicare Advantage by Superior HealthPlan (HMO) is a Special Needs Medicare Advantage Plan serving dual eligible members. Superior’s service areas include Bexar County, Texas. Benefits include Part D prescription drug benefits, transportation to appointments, nurses to help with health services and choice of doctors and pharmacies. Effective June 1, dental benefits include one full-mouth x-ray, two comprehensive oral evaluations and two cleanings per calendar year, fluoride treatments and a $500 annual benefit for additional dental services. For more information, visit Superior’s website: http://www.superiorhealthplan.com/about-us/medicare-advantage/

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York and several other companies under common management provide dental benefits to nearly 25 million people in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All part of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), based in Oak Brook, Ill., and which consists of 39 Delta Dental member companies licensed in all 50 states. The association collectively covers 54 million of the 176 million people nationwide with private dental insurance, making it by far the largest national system of dental plans.

About Superior HealthPlan

Superior HealthPlan (Superior) is a managed health care company that provides health care for many Texans. Superior works with the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to bring people STAR (Medicaid), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), CHIP Perinatal Care, and STAR+PLUS in many cities and counties across Texas. Its sister company, Superior HealthPlan Network, manages the STAR Health program on a statewide basis.

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