Unum Group Corp. will be working with another carrier to offer dental benefits.

Unum, Chattanooga, Tenn. (NYSE:UNM) a large seller of group life and group disability insurance, will be getting the dental coverage from United Concordia, Harrisburg, Pa., a unit of Highmark Inc., Pittsburgh.

United Concordia has been running a large international dental plan for military dependents for years. A federal appeals court recently upheld a U.S. Government Accountability Office decision awarding the military dependent dental contract to a unit of MetLife Inc., New York (NYSE:MET).

The new Unum Dental program will use United Concordia’s Advantage Plus network, which has contracts with 73,000 dentists.

Unum will unveil the program this fall in Washington and add other markets in 2012.

In other business growth news, the Minneapolis-based U.S. employee benefits division of ING Groep N.V., Amsterdam, has started distributing voluntary, employee-paid benefits through the Web-based Benefitfocus HR InTouch enrollment system.

The system, from Benefitfocus.com Inc., Charleston, S.C., will help employers plug ING voluntary products into existing benefits enrollment and billing systems, ING says. The Benefitfocus system serves about 60,000 producers, 300,000 employers and 14 million consumers.

- Allison Bell

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