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Assurant Employee Benefits And United Concordia Establish Dental PPO Network Access Arrangement Offering Larger Combined Networks

KANSAS CITY, Mo., and HARRISBURG, Pa., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Assurant Employee Benefits and United Concordia Dental are entering into a network access agreement, which will allow each company to offer a larger, combined preferred provider organization (PPO) network to their new and existing dental PPO customers beginning Aug. 1, 2012.

United Concordia will combine the dentists from its Advantage Plus network and the dentists contracted with Dental Health Alliance, L.L.C. ®, the dental PPO operated by Assurant Employee Benefits, and market the larger network as the United Concordia Alliance Network. Assurant Employee Benefits will begin marketing a network that will include the combined Dental Health Alliance network and United Concordia's PPO network.

"We are committed to addressing the benefits needs of our customers, who like to offer their employees easier access to cost-effective dental care and more options in the dental providers they can see," said John Roberts, Assurant Employee Benefits president and chief executive officer. "Our new relationship with United Concordia strengthens the Assurant Employee Benefits network so our members will have access to an even greater number of dentists across the country."

Each of the larger, combined dental networks provides customers with an expanded selection of in-network dentists that can help lower claim costs, reduce out-of-pocket expenses and increase member satisfaction. Assurant and United Concordia Dental will continue to recruit providers to their individual PPO networks, and participating dentists in both networks will have access to more members.

"This arrangement reinforces United Concordia Dental's long-term commitment to the dental benefits industry, further enhances our market presence and allows us to expand the geographic scope of what is already one of the nation's largest PPO networks," said Chip Merkel, United Concordia Dental president and chief operating officer. "Our partnership with Assurant Employee Benefits is another key element of our strategy to ensure we are offering strong, cost-effective, cutting-edge solutions to our clients while expanding and enhancing access to providers for all of our members – no matter where they live and work."

About Assurant Employee Benefits

Assurant Employee Benefits specializes in quality employee benefits and services, including long-term and short-term disability, life insurance, voluntary benefits such as cancer, critical illness and accident, dental and vision coverage, and disability reinsurance management services. Assurant Employee Benefits is the brand name for insurance products underwritten by Union Security Insurance Company and for prepaid dental products provided by an affiliated prepaid dental company. In New York, insurance products are underwritten and prepaid products are provided by Union Security Life Insurance Company of New York, which is licensed in New York and has its principal place of business in Syracuse, New York. Plans contain limitations, exclusions and restrictions. Assurant Employee Benefits is part of Assurant, a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ.

About United Concordia Dental

United Concordia Dental is a leading national dental carrier that delivers high-quality, cost-effective dental programs focused on improving oral health. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the company is licensed in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. United Concordia Dental has a companywide dedication and commitment to superior customer service, which is evident in the design, implementation, administration and servicing of its dental benefits programs. For more information about United Concordia products, visit .

SOURCE Assurant Employee Benefits

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