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TMCNet:  Starmount, Unum Expand Dental Network

[February 15, 2017]

Starmount, Unum Expand Dental Network

An industry leader in employee benefits, Unum (NYSE: UNM) has increased its dental provider network by nearly 15 percent to 100,000 unique in-network providers and more than 323,000 access points nationwide. The expansion was spearheaded by Unum's dental center of expertise, Starmount, a top provider and administrator of dental and vision insurance coverage for groups and individuals.

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The network expansion allows employers, their employees and individual policyholders greater access to affordable dental care. Dental members receive discounts on covered services when using their benefits with in-network dentists and specialists across the country. In return, participating providers can gain new business from insured patients looking for affordable, quality care.

"We want to provide the most valuable dental coverage for our clients - from employer groups to individual consumers," Starmount CEO Erich Sternberg said. "Unum and Starmount dental clients have immediate access to the enhanced network, including the DenteMax Plus network, making it one of the nation's strongest networks."

Unum Dental launched earlier this year, adding a valuable and popular coverage to Unum's comprehensive portfolio of workplace benefits. In addition to the enhanced provider network, Unum Dental plans offer flexible plan designs and a convenient mobile app, AwaysAssist, with provider locators, benefit overviews and claims tracking. Individual dental plans can be purchased through Starmount.

"The network enhancement reinforces our dedication to offering the nation's most competitive dental plans on the group and individual markets," Starmount President Deborah Sternberg said. "Starmount and Unum continue to combine strengths to add greater value to employers and their employees."

To learn more about Unum US and financial protection benefits, visit Unum.com. To learn more about Starmount or individual dental insurance, visit StarmountLife.com.

About Starmount Life Insurance Company:

Starmount Life Insurance Company is a member of the Unum Group family of licensed insurers, and is a leading national provider and administrator of dental and vision insurance coverage for individuals and employees. Known for reliable service and customer satisfaction, Starmount is admitted in 49 states, and rated A- ("Excellent") by A.M. Best (2016), independent insurance analysts. The company also earned a spot on the prestigious 2016 Ward's 50 Top Performer list in life and health insurance. For more information, please visit www.StarmountLife.com.

About Unum Group

Unum Group (www.unum.com) is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its primary businesses are Unum US, Colonial Life, Starmount and Unum UK. Unum's portfolio includes disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision coverage, which help protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an illness or injury. The company reported revenues of $11 billion in 2016, and provided $6.8 billion in benefits in 2015.


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