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[January 15, 2013]

Guardian is Stronger Than Ever with One of the Largest PPO Dental Networks in the Nation

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the nation's largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits, has announced significant PPO network growth of over 12 percent between January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2013, adding 9,940 unique dentists at 18,751 locations, making it one of the largest PPO networks in the country. This growth demonstrates the company's commitment to strengthening the network and ensuring that members have access to the right dentists offering the right discounts.

"Guardian understands that a strong network is one of the most important tools in controlling costs and satisfying employees," said Ray Marra, Vice President, Group Products, at Guardian. "We are deeply invested in growing our network in a way that best meets the needs of our customers. This includes working with our brokers and planhlders to ensure their local network includes the dentists that their employees visit to save on important treatments to keep them healthy."

Guardian's unique approach to building and managing their network includes customized recruitment strategies that may include recruitment commitments and guarantees. A team of local, experienced recruiters provide personal, customized outreach to dentists that can be targeted based on location, claims experience or employee request. Once they join the network, dentists can count on a strong support system with online capabilities and fast and accurate claims payments - contributing to a 97 percent retention rate.

Guardian's network strategy also includes ensuring that it is easy for members to find and use a dentist in the network. Members can locate an in-network dentist online or directly from their smartphone through And with plan designs that encourage in-network care as well as online tools to help members understand their benefits, employees have more reasons to see a dentist in the network.

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About Guardian

A mutual insurer founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance products, and offer funding vehicles for 401(k) plans, annuities and other financial products. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than six million employees and their families at 115,000 companies. The company has approximately 5,000 employees in the United States and a network of over 3,000 financial representatives in more than 80 agencies nationwide.

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