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March 22, 1991
National Health Care Systems Inc., which operates DentiCare, a prepaid dental plan, said Tuesday that it was awarded a contract worth up to $383,000 to provide dental insurance coverage for two years for members of the Food Employees and Bakery and Confectionery Benefit Fund. Beginning April 1, Denticare will offer dental services to the union's 1,500 members in Southern California through Denticare's new Alliance 2000 plan.
December 9, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Delta Dental Plan of California won a five-year renewal of a contract, valued at about $1 billion, with the Department of Defense to provide dental benefits to military retirees and their families. The agreement is effective May 1, the San Francisco-based company said. The Defense Department's Tricare Retiree Dental Program has about 650,000 participants. The contract reduces the mandatory enrollment period and the waiting period for full benefits to a year.
August 8, 1997 | (Dow Jones)
SafeGuard Health Enterprises Inc. acquired all of the shares of Consumers Life Insurance Co. of North Carolina, a private dental indemnity insurance company. Terms weren't disclosed. SafeGuard, a health care marketing company, said it acquired licenses to operate in 16 states as part of the transaction.
September 30, 1997 | Barbara Marsh, Barbara Marsh covers health care for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7762 and at
Dencharge Corp. is showing the competition its teeth. Eyeing intensifying competition, the Anaheim company is redoubling efforts to make patients aware of CareCredit--its credit card for dental, chiropractic and even veterinary care. The company offers its financing through 20,000 practices in those fields across the country. It says it frees practitioners from worries over bill collection by promising to cover patient charges two days after the appointment.
May 1, 1993
The Bellflower school board has voted 3-2 to provide health care benefits to any departing board member who has served at least 12 years. Under the new policy, which the board approved recently, eligible board members will continue to receive a full package of medical, vision and dental insurance from the date of their departure until they turn 65.
November 23, 1996
Frank Brewster, 99, former head of the Western Conference of Teamsters. At the time he came to power in 1953, the western conference represented 400,000 members in 13 western states. Brewster was a pioneer in negotiating the first life insurance, medical and dental insurance plans for the union's members. In 1955, he initiated the conference's pension plan, which has been among the nation's largest.
May 22, 2008 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Older adults in Los Angeles County are severely lacking dental insurance and many have cut back on oral healthcare because they cannot afford it, according to a broad new survey of men and women age 60 and older released this week. Of almost 16,500 older residents polled by city and county agencies on aging, nearly two-thirds said they had inadequate or no dental insurance, nearly 20% said they lacked affordable dental care and almost a third had not had a dental exam in three years.
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