AvMed Health Plans and Delta Dental Announce a Partnership to Help Provide Affordable Dental Coverage

July 18, 2008

Maitland, FL — AvMed Health Plans and Delta Dental Insurance Company today announced a partnership that will help provide affordable and flexible dental coverage for AvMed’s business clients in Florida.

The arrangement will allow AvMed group clients the option to offer their employees one of two dental products: DeltaCare® USA, a prepaid program, or Delta Dental PPO™, a preferred provider program. Dental programs may be offered by businesses either on a voluntary basis or as an employer-sponsored benefit.

"Florida businesses, particularly small businesses, face limited options for affordable dental coverage in the marketplace and many prefer simple one-stop shopping for their health benefits," said Jim Repp, corporate head of sales for AvMed Health Plans. "Partnering with a market leader like Delta Dental makes sense for our clients because we are essentially bringing the health and dental pieces together in a seamless manner, while delivering a high quality combined program for our customers."

Delta Dental, with regional offices in Maitland and Miami, has more than 500,000 enrollees statewide. As part of the nationwide Delta Dental system, the company offers access to 106,000 PPO dentist locations and 21,000 prepaid dentist locations across the nation.

"We’re excited to offer access to dental benefits to more Floridians as a result of this partnership with AvMed," said Belinda Martinez, senior vice president of marketing for Delta Dental. “AvMed brings valuable experience and reaches into the small business segment specifically, and the two companies are well matched in terms of their commitment to serving the needs of that segment.”

Both Delta Dental plan options available through AvMed include preventive services such as cleanings and x-rays, as well as restorative, major and orthodontic coverage (certain limitations and exclusions may apply). The dental plans are available through AvMed only to clients who currently do not have a Delta Dental plan; minimum group enrollment is five primary enrollees for the PPO and three for the prepaid plan.

About AvMed Health Plans

AvMed Health Plans has been serving Floridians for more than 35 years. AvMed provides access to health care coverage for large and small employer groups around the state, in addition to Medicare in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. AvMed prides itself on providing members and clients highly personalized service with all the advantages of a nationally competitive health plan. AvMed has offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.avmed.org.

About Delta Dental Insurance Company

Delta Dental Insurance Company, along with its affiliates, is part of a holding company system that operates in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Both Delta Dental Insurance Company and its holding company hold an “A-“ (excellent) rating from AM Best, and are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA). DDPA consists of 39 Delta Dental member companies licensed in all 50 states. The association collectively covers more than 50 million of the estimated 170 million people nationwide with dental insurance, making it by far the largest national system of dental plans.

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