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Delta Dental Wins Texas Contracts

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Superior HealthPlan has picked Delta Dental Insurance Company to provide dental benefits for Medicaid, foster care and Medicare Advantage plan enrollees.

Superior HealthPlan, a unit of Centene Corp., St. Louis (NYSE:CNC), will be using Delta Dental, San Francisco, a unit of Dentegra Group Inc., to manage dental benefits for the STAR Health program, which covers children and young adults in foster care; the STAR+PLUS program, which serves elderly and disabled Texas residents; and the Superior Medicare Advantage plan, which serves Medicare beneficiaries with special needs who are also eligible for Medicaid.

The STAR+PLUS benefits, which are available to STAR+PLUS enrollees who are in Medicaid but are not in Medicare, include coverage for one routine exam per year, an emergency exam, some X-rays, and extractions.

Medicare Advantage plan dental benefits will include transportation to appointments and access to nurses who can help with care coordination. The beneficiaries will have coverage for two exams per year, two cleanings per year, and one full-mouth X-ray per year. Those beneficiaries also will get fluoride treatments and $500 in coverage for additional dental services, Delta Dental says.