UnitedHealthcare, SmileDirectClub partner on new dental benefit

Apr 27, 2019

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    UnitedHealthcare, SmileDirectClub partner on new dental benefit

    The companies are now offering more than 1.5 million UnitedHealthcare dental plan participants with orthodontic coverage the ability to purchase clear aligners via SmileDirectClub’s teledentistry and in-store service. Through the insurer, the aligners will potentially cost less than $1,000 out of pocket, the companies said Wednesday. SmileDirectClub typically charges consumers $1,850 or $2,170 before insurance and reimbursements, depending on the type of payment plan they select.

    SmileDirectClub has been taking steps to expand its service. The company recently launched hundreds of its SmileShops in CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. The service will also be offered as an in-network benefit for Aetna Dental members by summer of 2019.

    Wailes says the company is also looking at further expanding the partnership with UnitedHealthcare. They are considering offering the benefit to members who don’t have orthodontic coverage, although the companies are still “ironing out the details,” he says.