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BUSINESS
October 14, 1987 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
California Dental Health Plan, a Tustin-based provider of dental insurance and prepaid dental care programs, has begun offering most of its California customers a choice of benefits so that they can tailor dental plans to fit their needs and their pocketbooks. The so-called menu approach, introduced Tuesday, will allow employers and other insured groups to pick and choose from a potpourri of dental benefits, such as different deductible and maximum pay-out amounts.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1997 | Barbara Marsh, Barbara Marsh covers health care for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7762 and at barbara.marsh@latimes.com
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.
HEALTH
July 23, 2001 | Hartford Courant
According to the U.S. Surgeon General's 1998 report on oral health: * In the United States, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease--five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. * Fifty percent of children ages 5 to 9 have at least one cavity or filling. By the time they reach 17, the figure rises to 78%. * Poor children are twice as likely to suffer from tooth decay as more affluent children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A citizens committee has received 50 applications from candidates interested in becoming Thousand Oaks' next city manager. The five-member search committee, reviewing resumes from as far away as Colorado and Texas, is expected to narrow the list to no more than a dozen people for interviews early next month. Compensation for the city's top administrator, who oversees a staff of nearly 500, will range from about $122,000 to more than $183,000.
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