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DentaQuest to Present at AHIP Institute

DentaQuest will host a session at the America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2014 (AHIP) in Seattle this Wednesday, June 12, about the benefits of medical-dental collaboration. The presentation, “Ancillary Products as Levers for State and Regional Health Plan Growth,” will feature Mike Enright, National Director for Commercial Sales at DentaQuest; Steve Pollock, Chief Operating Officer at DentaQuest; and Dr. Rob Compton, Executive Director of the DentaQuest Institute, who will discuss how health plans can protect and expand their market share by including dental in their offerings.

In its first open enrollment period, the federal health insurance exchange enrolled more than eight million Americans, 15% of whom purchased a dental plan in addition to a medical plan. Ancillary benefit companies are meeting consumer interest in dental, vision and other coverage areas not traditionally offered by health plans. Today, ancillary benefits - dental in particular - are becoming a required component of comprehensive health coverage for many reasons, including a growing consumer understanding that good oral health is imperative for good overall health. For example, adults with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing the specific health risks identified in the chart below providing further incentive for both consumers and providers to ensure that people are paying attention to their oral health.

The connection between oral and overall health - and consumer appetite for dental benefits in this first year of public insurance exchanges - reveals an opportunity for health insurance organizations to offer increased value to their members. This presentation will provide insight into what health insurance providers need to know to leverage dental benefits for growth.

Join us on June 12 at 2:30PM in Room 615 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, and follow @DentaQuest on Twitter as we tweet about the conference using the hashtag #AHIPInstitute.