Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota are joining to create an individual insurance plan that includes both medical and dental benefits.

Minnesota Blue, Eagan, Minn., and Minnesota Delta, Eagan, say the new program, for Aware Care and Options Blue medical plan members, will include optional orthodontic coverage for children and no waiting periods for routine exams and fillings.

Minnesota Blue provides or administers health coverage for 2.7 million Minnesota residents, and Minnesota Delta provides or administers dental coverage for 3.3 million Minnesota residents.