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
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:
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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