Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches Online Cost Estimator for Dental Policyholders

Online tools shed light on the cost of dental services,
consumers make better informed health care decisions

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A recent Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield survey* found many people
knowingly neglect their dental health. Only half of those surveyed (50
percent) visit their dentist as often as recommended.

A fear of surprise costs might be the reason – four in ten (40 percent)
did not know that insurance would cover preventive visits, and many
worry that they are going to get an unexpected bill at the end of their
appointment or that the dentist will find an expensive problem.

In response to these consumer concerns, for the first time ever,
consumers with an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield dental plan can get
information about costs before they ever walk into the dentist’s office.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has launched Dental Care Cost
Estimator, a web-based tool that provides estimates for common dental
procedures and treatments, and Dental Health Assessment, which helps
members better understand their oral health and predict their risk of
developing tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear and oral cancer.

“At Anthem, we know consumers are concerned about their dental health
and what it will cost, which is why we’ve created Dental Care Cost
Estimator and Dental Health Assessment, to go along with one of the
largest dental networks in the nation,” said Mike Malouf, president of
Anthem’s dental business. “Those who use Anthem networks save, on
average, 30-32 percent on their covered dental services. And now for the
first time members can go to
to estimate their costs in advance and comparison shop to find the best
value. We are simplifying health care so that our members can focus on
their health.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is making it easier for consumers to
stay on top of their health. Ninety percent of diseases show signs and
symptoms in the mouth (Source: Academy of General Dentistry Know Your, January 2012)
. Getting a regular checkup might reveal an
underlying health problem that can be more easily treated because of
early detection.

Anthem Whole Health ConnectionSM connects the dots between
oral health and overall health and increases communication between the
Anthem member’s dentist and other doctors. For example, a dental checkup
may reveal signs of a serious disease such as diabetes. This information
is accessible by the member’s other doctors. Only Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield offers this integrated approach which results in better,
more comprehensive care for the member.

More information on dental insurance and integrated benefits is
available at

*Findings of a national online omnibus survey using the field services
of Russell Research, from December 11-14, 2015. The margin of error for
the sample of 1,050 is +/- 3.1 % at the 95% confidence level. This means
that if we were to replicate the study, we would expect to get the same
results (within 3.1 percentage points) 95 times out of 100.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem
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Tony Felts, 317-287-6036