MetLife Bundles Dental Benefits for Retirees

April 5, 2007 ( - Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife) is offering a new dental plan to employers for retirees that bundles standard and enhanced dental plans along with participant marketing, enrollment, customer service, recordkeeping and billing services.

According to a press release , retirees can enroll by phone or Internet in one of two dental options, both of which provide preventive and basic dental coverage. The enhanced plan offers additional benefits for major restorative services.

With MetLife’s Full Service Dental for Retirees, plan participants have access to MetLife’s Preferred Dentist Program (PDP), a network of nearly 100,000 dentist locations consisting of general and specialty dentists.

Dentists in the insurer’s PDP agree to accept MetLife’s negotiated fees (typically 10% to 35% less than average fees in their local community) as payment in full for all services covered by the plan. Participating dentists also agree to extend these fees for services not covered under the plan, according to the release.

Retirees can also opt to purchase coverage for their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children.

Continuing dental benefits into retirement – especially with a plan that provides the freedom to use any dentist — allows retirees to maintain trusted relationships with their dentists as well as helps reduce the financial obstacles that can prevent obtaining appropriate oral health care,” said Michael Schwartz, MetLife Vice President, Dental Product Management, in the press release.

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