Universal Dental Plan Signs Exclusive Arrangement with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care As a result of the heightened need for an affordable alternative to dental insurance, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Universal Dental Plan have teamed up to improve the quality and value of oral health care in New England.

BOSTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Dental Plan (UDP) is pleased to announce an exclusive arrangement with the #1 private health plan in America*, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. UDP will offer its discount dental program at a reduced rate to Harvard Pilgrim members as part of Harvard Pilgrim's Member Savings Program. UDP's mission is to provide affordable dentistry and to offer full clarity of expenditures upfront for everyone in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut. While the Affordable Care Act requires coverage for dental care for children enrolled through individual and small group plans, many adults and seniors could still benefit from access to more affordable dental services.  

Unlike dental insurance, the UDP discount dental program has no age limitations, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, no waiting period, no claim forms, no annual maximums, no limits on procedures, and no deductibles

"UDP's exclusive arrangement with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is the perfect response to the current dental market context," said Edan Barshan, CEO and founder of Universal Dental Plan. "As more consumers turn to the individual market, they need affordable dental options that provide simplicity and transparency."

"We are pleased to offer Universal Dental Plan to our members, not only because dental health is important, but also because UDP focuses on making costs transparent for consumers," said Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.   

According to the American Dental Association there are currently 130 million Americans that do not have dental insurance. The Association also conducted studies that show a connection of oral health to overall health.

To support this exclusive arrangement with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, UDP has expanded the network of dentists and specialists offered to members and now has an outreach that is even more accessible, with the goal of improving the oral health and essentially the overall health of New England.

To sign up for the UDP program or to learn more about the dental discounts provided with UDP, visit the website www.universaldentalplan.com/hphc or call 617-859-1777 or 1-800-894-8984.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care:
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than one million members in New England.  Founded in 1969, the health plan has built its reputation on pragmatic innovation with a goal of lowering costs, improving care and enhancing the overall member experience.  Harvard Pilgrim is known for its excellent clinical programs, customer service, health improvement strategies and innovative tools that offer consumers greater transparency and empower them to make better decisions about their health care.

Harvard Pilgrim is the #1 private health plan in America again according to an annual ranking of the nation's best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Harvard Pilgrim is the only private health plan in the nation to be named #1 for member satisfaction and quality of care for ten consecutive years.*

* NCQA's Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-14, HMO/POS. NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 – Private.U.S.News/NCQA America's Best Health Insurance Plans 2005-2009 (annual). America's Best Health Insurance Plans is a trademark of U.S News & World Report. NCQA The State of Health Care Quality 2004. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Harvard Pilgrim's New Hampshire affiliate, is the top-ranked private health plan in New Hampshire and the 9th highest-ranked private health plan in America. 

About Universal Dental Plan: Universal Dental Plan is a membership based dental savings plan with cost transparency and immediate point of service discounts for all who lack an affordable dental option. Headquartered in Boston, MA Universal Dental Plan was founded in 1993 on the principle of affordable dentistry for all.

Universal Dental Plan is not dental insurance. This plan does not meet minimum creditable coverage requirements under Massachusetts Law. The plan provides discounts at specific dental providers for dental services. The plan does not make payments directly to the providers of dental services. Plan members are obligated to pay for all dental care services but will receive a discount from those dental care providers who have contracted with the discount dental plan organization. The range of discounts will vary depending on the services provided. Universal Dental Plan is offered to all eligible Harvard Pilgrim members and may be discontinued at any time. For questions concerning the plan, including a list of network providers, please contact Universal Dental Plan: 20 Park Plaza 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116. 1-800-894-8984, www.universaldentalplan.com, info@universaldentalplan.com.

Media Contact:
Tiffany Huynh
Tiffany@universaldentalplan.com
617-859-1777 

SOURCE Universal Dental Plan



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