NU Online News Service, Jan. 18, 2005, 4:10 p.m. EST

A major dental insurance team is adding 15,000 providers to its network.[@@]

The team, a joint panel leasing arrangement established by units of Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, and Ameritas Group, Lincoln, Neb., lets members of both companies’ dental preferred provider organization plans use all of the dentists included in either company’s dental provider network.

The new expansion has increased the total size of the combined network to 60,000 providers, according to Principal and Ameritas.