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Guardian Adds New Cost-Conscious Options to Group Dental Lineup
Date:4/22/2009

New Plan Designs Help Employers and Their Employees Manage Dental Benefit Costs

NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee and voluntary benefits for small and mid-sized companies, today announced new flexibility enhancements to its group dental lineup that will broaden access to more affordable dental care for employers and their employees.

As a new twist to the traditional preferred provider organization (PPO) dental plans, these six new plans offer $3,000 and $5,000 maximums coupled with high deductibles, providing benefits for more costly and substantial needs. Additionally, members can fund eligible dental expenses not covered by the plan through a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA), which allow them to pay for procedures with pre-tax dollars, a more cost efficient alternative than paying out of pocket on an after tax basis. And, since Guardian operates one of the nation's largest PPO dental networks, members who visit an in-network dentist can save up to 30% in dental care costs.

"These latest additions demonstrate Guardian's commitment to bringing flexible, cost-conscious options to small and mid-size businesses who want to provide quality dental benefits typically reserved for larger companies," said Chris Swanker, vice president, Guardian Group Dental. "In this tough economy, many employers are looking to reduce costs without cutting benefits. As consumer-driven health plans gain in popularity, these plans are compatible with HSAs and FSAs that allow plan members to use their pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible dental expenses not covered by their plan. These additions demonstrate Guardian's commitment to empowering Americans to become more prudent health care consumers by providing alternatives to a one-size-fits-all model."

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