International Emergency Dental Program Available From Missouri's Dental Business

Jun 21, 2010, 12:00 ET from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

ST. LOUIS, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- DeCare Dental, a global dental benefit management company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri's parent company, is pleased to introduce the International Emergency Dental Program – a service that gives dental members and their covered dependents access to emergency dental care from credentialed dentists around the world.

"The last thing a dental member wants to think about when they're working abroad or on vacation in another country is where they should go if they need emergency dental treatment," said Dennis Matheis, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri. "However, concerns like this can be set aside thanks to this program."

"When dental members experience an unexpected tooth injury or other dental emergency, they can call our international service center and talk with an English-speaking customer service representative who will help them find a dentist. In addition, all of the providers in this program are English-speaking too," said Matheis. "This is a great program for dental members because it gives them peace of mind and access to care 24 hours a day, each and every day, when they're traveling abroad."

When a member receives his or her emergency dental care from an International Emergency Dental Program dentist, they are reimbursed in full and the claim is not calculated into their annual dental plan maximum. However, their claim will be paid at an out-of-network level if they:

  • Receive emergency dental care out of the country from a dentist who is not in the International Emergency Dental Program
  • Receive non-emergency dental care from any dentist outside of the United States

Because of the services that are available with this program, members do not need to worry about what they should do or where they should go if they experience a dental emergency when traveling abroad.

To see the current list of international providers, and/or to download the list before a trip, go to:

http://www.decare.com/cm_files/pdf/050610_International_Dental.pdf

About DeCare Dental

A wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, DeCare Dental is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota. DeCare's Operations Center, based in Gilbert on Minnesota's Iron Range, includes customer service, claims processing and broker and small group sales. With 40 years of proven success, DeCare Dental serves 10 of the world's leading dental insurance brands. For more information on DeCare Dental, visit www.decare.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri

In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name for RightCHOICE® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy Alliance® Life Insurance Company (HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not underwrite benefits. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri is available at www.anthem.com

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri



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