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Ameritas and BEST Health Plans Break New Ground
with Marketing and Service Agreement

Jan 7, 2002, 1:11pm

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and BEST Life and Health Insurance Company today announced their new marketing and service agreement under which BEST Health Plans will market Ameritas Group Dental plans. A national marketer of small group dental plans, BEST Health Plans also will be working with Ameritas to provide new dental coverage to existing customers.

Effective January 1, 2002, approximately 190 groups, all fewer than 50 lives, transitioned to Ameritas. At that time, BEST began marketing a variety of Ameritas Group Dental products, including small group, tailored and prepaid plans.

This partnership spawns some ground-breaking firsts for both companies. Ameritas is integrating BEST's distribution with its own field distribution system. Ameritas' Western Regional office in Costa Mesa, Calif., is the first of Ameritas' sales offices to work directly with a partner to quote new business.

Also for the first time in an Ameritas partnering arrangement, BEST is quoting Ameritas prepaid products in Southern California. All prepaid quotes will go through Ameritas Managed Dental Plan, Inc. (AMDP), Ameritas' prepaid subsidiary in California.

"Our counterparts at BEST have shown peak interest in getting this agreement underway," said Dave Moore, LLIF, president and chief operating officer of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. "The diversity that this arrangement brings to Ameritas Group Dental is unprecedented, and we have high hopes for this new distribution."

"This arrangement enables BEST Health Plans to provide agents with more choices in dental products," said Steve Course, president of BEST Health Plans. "Ameritas is known nationally for its expertise in the dental market, and we are privileged to partner in this new endeavor. This new relationship helps fulfill our strategic goals of working with agents in all 50 states. BEST Health Plans looks forward to a great 2002 and beyond as more small businesses add quality dental plans."

Ameritas Group Dental, a division of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., an Ameritas Acacia Company, offers group dental and eye care products nationwide. In New York, products are offered through First Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Ameritas also offers expertise in dental block consolidation. Other Ameritas Acacia products and services include life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, banking, retirement strategies and investments. For details about Ameritas, visit www.YourDentalSolutions.com (www.NY.YourDentalSolutions.com in New York) or www.ameritasacacia.com.

Operating out of Irvine, Calif., BEST specializes in group insurance and employee benefits, providing life, health, dental, vision and long-term disability insurance for employer groups throughout the United States.

For details about BEST Health Plans, visit www.BestHealthPlans.com.

CONTACT: BEST Health Plans, 800/237-8543 ameritasinfo@besthealthplans.com
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