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Guardian Finalizes Premier Access Acquisition

The purchase diversifies Guardian’s dental network and expands its reach into Medicaid and individual exchange markets.

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has completed its acquisition of Premier Access Insurance Company, a San Francisco-based dental provider with more than 5,000 employers and 630,000 members.

The Premier Access acquisition is intended to strengthen Guardian’s Dental PPO and Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DMHO) networks across multiple states. It will also broaden the insurer’s reach into state-run Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) markets, both of which are anticipated to grow due to increased eligibility from the ACA. Guardian will also appear on six individual state exchanges.

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“The completion of our acquisition reinforces Guardian’s position as a leading dental company and extends our reach to serve more Americans,” said Dong Ahn, Guardian EVP, in a statement. “Premier Access customers can continue to use their current dental centers or other providers within Guardian’s national network. We are committed to providing customers with quality dental services and a superior customer experience from Sacramento to across the nation.”

Kelly Sheridan is an associate editor for Insurance & Technology. Prior to joining InformationWeek Financial Services, she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. Kelly has also written for trade publication Promo Marketing and a number of ... View Full Bio

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