Thursday, November 5, 2009

Companion Life Adds Dental Tourism Option to Help Policyholders Save

life insurance

COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Companion Life Insurance Co.
has teamed up with a leading medical travel facilitator to offer its dental
policyholders preferred pricing on travel and treatment at dental clinics
outside the United States.

Traveling abroad for credentialed dental care, also known as dental tourism,
helps policyholders maximize their dental benefits. Prices at the
international clinics average 60 to 80 percent less than in the United States,
so Americans can save thousands of dollars on extensive dental care, even
after factoring in travel costs. Members' dental benefits will help cover
treatment costs at the overseas clinics.

Companion Life is including the international treatment option in all of its
dental programs nationwide, effective immediately. It is offering the
value-added service through Companion Global Dental
(, a division of medical travel facilitator
Companion Global Healthcare Inc., based in Columbia, S.C.

Companion Global Dental will arrange travel, make dental appointments, provide
round-trip customer service, and even facilitate the scheduling of tours to
volcanoes, rainforests, coffee plantations and other attractions for Companion
Life members visiting any clinic in its network. The network currently
includes three state-of-the-art clinics, all located in Costa Rica, that have
completed Companion Global's credentialing process.

"We believe we are the first national dental insurer to provide international
travel and care as a value-added option on all of our policies," said J.C.
Preas, Companion Life's vice president, field marketing. "This option will
allow our members to get the dental treatment they need at a credentialed
facility, to save significantly on out-of-pocket costs, and even combine an
exciting vacation with their dental treatment."

Companion Global Dental's network providers are MP Adult Dentistry of Costa
Rica, Meza Dental Clinic, and Prisma Dental Clinic. All the clinics have
English-speaking staff members, utilize the latest in technology, and have
years of experience in treating American patients. All offer ground
transportation to and from the airport.

"Companion Life members who travel to our clinics will save money and have an
amazing travel experience, and they will not have to settle for a lower
standard of care," said Phil Midden, Companion Global Dental's operations
manager. "Many of the dentists in our network trained in the United States and
are members of American dental associations."

Companion Life offers dental plans -- small group, large group and voluntary
-- to employer groups with two or more employees. For more information, call

About Companion Life

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., Companion Life Insurance Co.
( has specialized in employee benefits since 1971. The
company markets life, dental, disability, accident and specialty health
insurance products through a network of independent agents and brokers,
general agents and managing general underwriters. Companion Life is licensed
in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It holds an A.M. Best Rating of A+

About Companion Global Healthcare

Based in Columbia, S.C., Companion Global Healthcare Inc.
( provides medical travel assistance to
clients who seek treatment at any of its 24 network hospitals and three dental
clinics around the world. The company serves as a single launch point for
appointments, travel arrangements, case management coordination services upon
return to the United States, medical travel insurance, and help with filing
insurance claims.

The company serves uninsured and underinsured individuals, as well as
employers and insurance companies that include the Companion Global Healthcare
network in their benefit plans. Employer groups interested in restructuring
their benefit plans to include Companion Global Healthcare's network and
services should call 1-800-906-7065.