Cigna Expands its Dental HMO Product Suite, Continues Focus on Prevention
- New options include a 24x7 dental health information line, flexible coverage including newer procedures such as Prosthesis over Implant and cost-saving options for employers
- Plans available in time for 2012 benefit plan enrollment
PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2011 - Cigna is expanding its Dental HMO plans with 24 new plan options offering greater flexibility in benefit design to help customers and employers meet their benefits budgets. The new options also continue Cigna's focus on prevention and the importance of oral health to an individual's overall health.
The new plans will retain all of the benefits available in the existing DHMO plans, including coverage for up to four cleanings a year, teeth whitening, increased fluoride treatment coverage for children, and identity theft resolution services. Plan participants will also continue to have access to the Cigna Dental Oral Health Integration Program® and Healthy Rewards® programs.
"As clinical studies continue to show the relationship between oral health and overall health, access to dental benefits will be a key differentiator among employers for both retaining and attracting employees," said Bebe Shuler-Mure, assistant vice president of product for Cigna's dental products. "The new options will help employers control costs without sacrificing access to benefits and help them continue to promote a healthy, productive workforce."
The new DHMO plans are available now for January 1, 2012 enrollment. Highlights of the new plans include:
- 24/7 Dental Information Line: Customers will have round-the-clock access to trained health care professionals who can answer questions about oral health, dental treatment and clinical symptoms, as well as provide information to help customers understand their treatment plans.
- Clinical Advancements in Dentistry: This series introduces coverage for Prosthesis over Implant (POI) procedures such as bridges, dentures and crowns. This highly-demanded consumer feature helps employees save money on traditionally higher-priced, more complex procedures.
- Wider Variety of Plan Options: Including plans that break out lab charges separate from the procedure copay, and leaner benefit plans for employers needing more affordable dental benefits for their employees.
"We build benefits and copay options based on our customers' needs. Cigna's DHMO plans provide more flexibility and options than other plans in the marketplace," said Shuler-Mure. "We design benefits to address varying employee population sizes with a focus on health, while also creating benefit packages that are competitive to help employers attract and retain employees."
The Cigna Dental HMO network is one of the nation's largest dental networks and includes 15,641 unique dentists, which translates to approximately 53,369 dentist locations.
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