NU Online News Service, Sept. 7, 2004, 4:15 p.m. EDT

The Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, has agreed to market prepaid coverage from Dental Health Services, Long Beach, Calif., in California.[@@]

The deal will give Principal the ability to offer California employers dual-option dental programs. Employers that buy the programs can let employees choose between prepaid dental coverage and traditional insured dental coverage, Principal says.

Dental Health Services has organized a dental provider network that includes 1,700 independent California dentists.