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Where can you get individual PPO dental insurance plan?

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2008-09-18 18:37:17
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== == To find companies in your state that provide dental insurance or dental discount plans, go to the National Association of Dental Plans site (www.nadp.org) which has a directory of companies that offer dental insurance. The directory can be searched by state and you can select "individual" and get the list of just those companies that provide individual dental insurance in your state. The listing also tells you if the company provides dental HMO, dental PPO, dental indemnity (traditional insurance without a network) or a discount plan (not insurance but a discount off the dentist's fees who are part of the discount network). The term "plans" is sometimes used to refer to the companies that offer dental benefit products. There are four basic dental benefit products: dental HMOs, dental PPOs, dental Indemnity (traditional insurance with no network) and discount dental (not insurance but you get a discount on the fees charged by participating dentists). DHMOs, DPPOs, and Dental Indemnity products are "insurance. The National Association of Dental Plans site has a directory of companies that offer dental insurance that can be searched by state. You can select "individual" and get the list of just those companies that provide individual dental insurance or discount plans in your state. The listing also tells you if the company provides dental HMO, dental PPO, dental indemnity (traditional insurance without a network) or a discount plan. As of mid 2007 there are only 22 dental plans that provide individual dental benefit products across the nation and they do not all operate in all states. The number is increasing daily. Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers: * I have found unicare offers a PPO plan for individuals. I am about to take out the plan on my child. I had been going back and forth on this for over a year. This is the only one I have found. And my sons dentist is in the plan. * Ameritras offers a dental PPO plan for family and individuals. * In reviewing this answer's history, it appears that some of the information you've been given pertains to a dental PLAN rather than dental INSURANCE. In my own attempt to find individual/family dental insurance, I found a plethora of DENTAL PLANS, but I was could not find any individual DENTAL INSURANCE. Further, there isn't an insurance broker or provider named Ameritas; there is, however, the Ameritas Insurance Corporation, but they only provide dental insurance plans for groups. I found this helpful information at the American Dental Association's website. Even on the ADA's website, the difference between the terms "dental plan" and "dental insurance" are not clearly stated. "What is dental insurance for individuals? Dental plan coverage for individuals is not commonly offered because dental needs are highly predictable. For example, you would not pay premiums for your dental coverage if the premiums were more expensive than the cost of the dental treatment you need. Since this is the case, insurance companies would stand to lose money (spend more on benefits than they receive in premiums) on every individual dental plan they write. There are, however, a few companies that offer a form of dental benefits for individuals. Most of these plans are "referral plans" or "buyers' clubs." Under these types of plans, an individual pays a monthly fee to a third party in return for access to a list of dentists who have agreed to a reduced fee schedule. Payment for treatment is made from the patient directly to the dentist. The third party acts only in the capacity of matching the individual to the dentist. The dentist receives no payment from the third party other than in the form of referral of patients. are differences between a dental PLAN AND dental INSURANCE." You see, the question asked was about dental INSURANCE. The answer, however, immediately refers to a dental "plan", as if it was synonymous with dental insurance! But then, in the second paragraph, it describes "referral plans" and "buyers' clubs"....more commonly known as DENTAL PLANS, not DENTAL INSURANCE! I found a website that explains the difference between plan/insurance much more clearly. I listed it in the "links" - but in case I did it incorrectly, just go to dental-resources.com and in the left frame, underneath the heading Financial (look for the Ben Franklin!), click on "dental insurance plans". There's also a link if you need to know about financing. *Note that it's a commercial site, not affiliated with the ADA. Also, I'm not affiliated in ANY way with this site or the ADA or anything DENTIST, period! (just in case) "Dental Insurance Plans & Programs Dental health is extremely important for individuals and families and it's financially helpful to have some form of dental coverage to minimize the costs of dental care. There is a difference between traditional dental insurance plans and discount plans. Let's first start out talking about dental insurance. It's typically only available to individuals and families who receive their dental insurance coverage through large groups or through their employers. There is a premium that the employer pays to have their employees dental care covered. So how does a Discount dental plan differ from a traditional dental insurance plan? A dental plan is very similar to holding a membership in a buying club? You pay a flat fee yearly. These gives you access to the provider dentists. The discount dental plan negotiates a discounted rate for typical services like hygiene visits, exams, fillings, cleanings, root canals, orthodontics, crowns etc with the provider dentists. The dentists agree to provide these services to you at the pre-arranged discount rates which are often displayed prior to purchasing the reduced fee plan. They are ideal for individuals and their families who do not get dental insurance coverage through their employer. There are substantial savings that can be obtained through the provider networks in the range of 10 60 %. The one drawback can be the limitation of only being able to visit a provider dentist. However even traditional dental insurance can have similar limitations." Some of the PLANS are pretty good, and can save you quite a bit of money. Our dentist is great, we found a plan she accepts and we get a decent discount on all services. Payment is expected up front! We had to get financing (it's like a dental credit card that you apply for) - ask your dentist about it. * Actually Ameritas does offer ppo dental plans but as someone else suggested, through groups only. However, there are groups you can join that offer these types of benefits. Be careful as some offer insurance products and some offer only discounts. We chose and bought the Valu+ plan. It currently (Aug 2006) costs $69/month for the whole family. It has Ameritas Dental, VSP vision, Liberty Medical discount diabetes supplies (my daughter is diabetic), an AD&D plan and an accident supplemental. I think I paid a one time fee of $30 to join the group but well worth it for my family. I was paying well over $100/month for dental alone.

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