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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
July 23, 2001 |
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.