News Release

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers new dental plus vision coverage


Max Heuer @ 501-378-2131

Little Rock, Ark. (February 10, 2012) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield now makes it easier to have healthy eyes and healthy teeth with its new DentalBlue Gold SM Plus Vision plan.

The new plan, for individuals and families, combines the popular DentalBlue Gold plan with vision benefits that reduce out-of-pocket eye care costs by offering annual eye examinations for a low copayment, as well as providing significant savings on eyeglasses, contact lenses and other lens options. Members have access to a nationwide network of eye doctors, ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye-care centers --- and there are no claim forms to file. Members also can take advantage of special discounts for laser vision surgery.

“Arkansas Blue Cross is well known for our affordable, reliable health insurance,” said Ron DeBerry, senior vice president of Statewide Business for Arkansas Blue Cross. “DentalBlue Gold Plus Vision provides great benefits backed by a tradition of excellent customer service. Arkansans have been taking advantage of our dental plans for several years now. Providing affordable vision coverage was a natural next step.”

Vision coverage is not sold as a separate policy; it is only available with the DentalBlue Gold plan. Vision coverage includes:

  • An eye exam, covered with a $10 copayment.
  • Spectacle lenses covered for standard single-vision, lined multi-focal lenses after a $25 copayment. Additional discounted lens options and coatings are available.
  • Collection frames covered in full or with a low copayment or $100 allowance toward any non-collection frame, plus 20 percent off the balance.
  • Contact lenses (in lieu of eyeglasses) with evaluation, fitting and follow-up care covered up to a $100 allowance toward provider-supplied contact lenses, plus 15 percent off the balance.

DentalBlue Gold covers preventive services (initial and periodic exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, X-rays and sealants), minor restorative services such as fillings, extractions, endodontics (root canals) and oral surgery, and major restorative services like crowns, bridges and implants. The DentalBlue Gold plan allows members to “roll over” a portion of their unused benefit-year maximum to the next year as long as they submit at least one claim during the year and their total claims do not exceed $500 for that benefit year.

Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. If combined, the 39 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans collectively provide health care coverage for 93 million – nearly one in three – Americans.

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