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									Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana and Delta Dental Insurance Announce
Exciting New Partnership

Helena, MT (November 27, 2007) – Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
(BCBSMT) and Delta Dental Insurance Company announced a partnership between the
two companies that will provide affordable and flexible dental coverage for BCBSMT
groups across the state.

According to Jared Short, BCBSMT’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “We are
delighted to be partnering with an organization of Delta Dental’s caliber. It will allow us
to significantly expand the dental coverage options available to our groups throughout
Montana.”

Delta Dental pioneered the first dental benefits program more than 50 years ago.
Today, it provides coverage to more than 50 million members nationwide, and it has the
largest dental networks in the country.

With three out of four dentists nationally participating in the Delta network, BCBSMT
groups will have greater access to network dentists but will still have the freedom to
choose any dentist for services. Through this partnership, BCBSMT will work with Delta
Dental to develop innovative products and services to meet the specific needs of
BCBSMT’s groups.

Delta Dental Insurance Company, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia with a regional
office in Helena, has 23,000 enrollees statewide. The partnership with BCBSMT will
allow the company to continue to grow and add to its already extensive dental network
of 170 Delta Dental Premier dentists statewide.

“Our partnership with Montana dentists and working knowledge of the unique oral health
challenges and needs of individual communities within Montana will provide tangible
benefits to BCBSMT’s members and their dentists,” said Marilynn Belek, DMD, Delta
Dental’s chief dental officer.

Future plans for the partnership include support of community oral health clinics to
increase community awareness about the importance of appropriate preventive dental
care.

								
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