SOURCE: HealthPartners

May 04, 2007 01:01 ET

HealthPartners to Offer Nationwide Dental Network

Expanded Network Offers Broad Access and Significant Savings

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2007 -- HealthPartners today announced that is has signed an agreement with Southfield, Mich.-based DenteMax to create a national dental provider network for members of HealthPartners commercial dental plans. The new network, available in September 2007, will expand HealthPartners regional dental network to more than 33,000 providers at more than 72,000 locations across the nation.

"We're pleased to be able to offer purchasers and members of our commercial dental plans access to high quality dental services across the nation," said Forrest Flint, vice president HealthPartners Dental. Flint says the new network is ideal for Minnesota-based employers with workforces in other parts of the country or with staff who spend extended time in other states.

Flint said the new dental network will offer consistent administration, including enrollment, claims, member services and member materials for purchasers and members, regardless of their location in the United States.

The new network will also offer lower claims costs for purchasers and a significant discount on dental fees for HealthPartners Dental plan members. The average member discount in the national dental network will be more than 20 percent lower than the average fees in the area where the member receives services.

About HealthPartners

HealthPartners is the largest consumer governed non-profit healthcare organization in the nation and is committed to improving the health of its members, patients and the community. Founded in 1957, HealthPartners provides care and coverage to 750,000 members across Minnesota and western Wisconsin through broad networks of dentists, physicians and hospitals, including HealthPartners Clinics. HealthPartners offer a variety of dental plans for individuals and employers.

About DenteMax

Founded in 1985, DenteMax is a national, seamless, credentialed dental preferred provider network with a focus on recruiting and managing quality dental providers. DenteMax headquarters is located in Southfield, Mich.

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