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S.C. BlueCross, BlueChoice HealthPlan Expand Global Offerings to Include Dental Services

Friday, November 30, 2007 General News J E 4
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 29 BlueCross BlueShield of SouthCarolina and BlueChoice(R) HealthPlan of South Carolina members now havestreamlined access to international dental services through Companion GlobalDental, a division of Companion Global Healthcare Inc.

Earlier this year, Companion Global Healthcare began offering BlueCrossand BlueChoice HealthPlan members access to medical and surgical treatment ataccredited hospitals overseas. Companion Global Dental provides similarservices for those seeking dental care. Companion Global Healthcare andCompanion Global Dental also are available to contract with insurancecompanies and employer groups, and can assist the uninsured in obtainingoverseas care.

Companion Global Dental (www.companionglobaldental.com) recentlyaffiliated with Prisma Dental Clinic and Meza Dental Care, both located in SanJose, Costa Rica, as the first clinics in its overseas network. CompanionGlobal Dental provides a single launch point for appointments, information andtravel services.

Phil Midden, manager of complementary health care programs at S.C.BlueCross, said rates at both clinics are substantially lower than those atmany U.S. clinics.

"Continuing to expand our global alternatives by adding dental servicesreflects our ongoing commitment to help members seek the services they want atcompetitive prices," Midden said. "Many Americans need important dental care,and offering an international network is a natural next step for those wishingto travel for that care. I visited Prisma and Meza, and was thoroughlyimpressed."

Prisma Dental Clinic is among the world's most popular destinations fortraditional and cosmetic dental care. With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry,Meza Dental Care provides dental implants, porcelain veneers, porcelain crownsand bridges, composite white fillings, tooth bonding, teeth whitening andother services.

The Companion Global Dental model is the first of its kind in SouthCarolina and among the first in the United States. BlueCross and BlueChoiceHealthPlan members can learn more by visiting the "Discounts & Added Values"pages of www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com or www.BlueChoiceSC.com and clicking onthe "Companion Global Dental" link. Members may also call 1-877-232-0765.

Companion Global Dental has affiliated with World Access, a leadingprovider of specialty insurance and assistance, to assist members with travelservices, including transportation and accommodations, air ambulance, andclaims management.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolinaand wholly owned subsidiary BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina Inc. areindependent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BlueCrossBlueShield of South Carolina and its family of companies include more than 20subsidiaries involved in health insurance services, U.S. DOD health plan andMedicare contracts, and other insurance and employee benefits services.

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., Companion Global Healthcare Inc. providesaccess to U.S.-accredited medical facilities worldwide, as well as associatedconcierge services. Companion Global HealthCare is a separate company thatdoes not offer BlueCross and BlueShield or BlueChoice HealthPlan products.Companion Global Healthcare is solely responsible.

BlueChoice is a registered mark of the Blue Cross and Blue ShieldAssociation.

SOURCE BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
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