In an effort to more make it easy for its customers to
indentify its dental network, Assurant Employee Benefits, a unit
) has renamed its national dental network.
Assurant's primary dental network will now be known as
Assurant Dental Network. The earlier dental networks from
Assurant - Dental Health Alliance (DHA) and DHA Premier have both
been clubbed under the new name.
Assurant Dental Network has more than 100,000 dentists on its
network, which makes it one of the biggest Preferred Provider
Organization (PPO) dentist providers in U.S. A PPO allows
insurance companies to negotiate directly with providers for
dental services at a lower price than would typically be
With the change of the name, customers will be able to easily
recognize the Assurant brand.
Assurant Employee Benefits' dental plans encourage preventive
treatment, allowing employees to achieve oral health while
striving to minimize dental costs. A wide range of products, are
available from managed care to true group indemnity
This initiative by the company will help it to ramp up its
earnings going forward. For 2013 management continues to expect
earnings for 2013 to decrease due to lower investment income and
higher reserves for new LTD claims.
During the second quarter, Employee Benefits earnings totaled
$11.5 million which was down 38% year over year. The segment,
however, registered year-over-year sales growth of 17.4%, which
was primarily driven by strong sales in dental (up 33.6% year
Other players offering dental plans are
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
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