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October 20, 2015 12:25 ET

:DentalPlans Featured on Worldwide Business With kathy ireland

:DentalPlans Discusses Access and Affordability of Dental Care in America

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - October 20, 2015) - Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® will feature :DentalPlans, a leading dental and health savings marketplace on Saturday, October 24 at 5 PM EST, on FOX Business and Bloomberg International as sponsored programming.

Worldwide Business provides viewers with in-depth commentary from top business leaders across the globe, aimed at finding solutions to industry problems. The show is independently produced by MMP (USA), Inc.

Bill Chase, vice-president of marketing for :DentalPlans, provides his company's take on the vital importance of dental care, the problems many people have in accessing that care, and new alternatives that make quality care more affordable.

About 100 million people in the U.S. have no dental insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which further states that "even those who are covered may have trouble getting care."

"We need to stop treating dental care as a luxury option and bring it right into the mainstream healthcare system where it belongs," says Chase. "Dental health is critical to a person's overall health, happiness, and success -- we need that fact to be reflected in this country's medical healthcare systems."

:DentalPlans was founded in 1999 and has helped more than a million people to affordably access quality dental care services. Dental savings plans are an affordable alternative to traditional insurance. Participating dentists have agreed to accept a reduced fee from dental savings plan members for a variety of dental procedures. Consumers purchase an annual membership and receive 10% to 60% off dental services at more than 100,000 dentists nationwide.

A healthy smile is an obvious advantage, socially and professionally. But the importance of dental care goes far further than aesthetics. Many studies are increasingly linking poor oral health with respiratory and cardiovascular illness, adverse pregnancy outcomes and breast cancer. Gum disease and inflammation can also complicate the management of conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chase is joined on Worldwide Business by Dr. Howard Cunningham of Oakland Park Dental in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cunningham discusses the impact of dental savings plans on his practice and uninsured/underinsured patients.

Stephen Weinstein, a :DentalPlans customer, was also featured on the show. Weinstein spoke from the consumer's perspective about his positive experience with a dental savings plan.

"One of the best things about :DentalPlans for me," says Weinstein, "is that I can come in at any time, take care of what I need to take care of, and feel really comfortable about doing that, financially as well as physically."

The :DentalPlans Annual :DP SmileIndex™* survey found that consumers who have a dental savings plan are significantly more likely to see a dentist regularly (88% versus 63% of the national sample).

"I really appreciated the opportunity that Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® provided us to tell people that there are truly affordable ways to access quality dental care," said Chase. "We hope that the show boosts awareness of the many advantages of dental savings plans... and produces millions of healthy smiles."

As an added bonus, :DentalPlans will be hosting a special giveaway for viewers of the show. Simply visit www.dentalplans.com/lp-dp/kathy for a chance to win one of 10 group plans or a grand prize pack including a dental savings plan, telemedicine plan, prescription card and branded merchandise.

About :DentalPlans

:DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.

We provide comprehensive resource centers aimed at helping people to maintain/regain optimal health, and successfully navigate the maze of healthcare payment options (including Obamacare and Medicaid.) Our independent research -- the :DP SmileMeter™ and :DP SmileIndex™ -- delivers a unique look into the consumer healthcare market. We offer user-friendly access to a wide selection of traditional dental insurance and 40+dental savings plans, along with innovative healthcare offerings including telemedicine, medical advocacy, and online counseling services. Our online plan comparison and savings calculator tools help consumers to make smart choices about essential healthcare services, and our :DP AtYourService™ customer support team leaves no question unanswered. For more information, visit us at www.dentalplans.com.

About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland
Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is an award winning business and health program that is independently produced by MMP (USA), Inc. The show provides its viewers an in-depth opportunity to find solutions to the industry problems from some of the top business leaders from across the globe. The show reaches more than 300 million households worldwide through FOX Business and Bloomberg International. With more than 5,000 companies participating on over 500 episodes, the producers of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® continue to be the premier and targeted source for the latest business and health stories.

*A national study was conducted for :DentalPlans between Jan. 1 and Jan. 7, 2015 by Infosurv Research. A total of 1,200 national respondents were surveyed, yielding data with a margin of error of +/- 2.83%.

An independent study of its members was conducted for :DentalPlans between Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, 2015 by Infosurv Research. A total of 9,410 national customers were surveyed, yielding data with a margin of error of +/- .99%.

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