CBIA Health Connections, Connecticut's largest private healthcare exchange for small businesses, has added voluntary vision and dental plans to its benefit mix.

"We're very pleased to work with both Ameritas and UnitedHealth Group to bring new voluntary lines to our customers, increasing the choice, flexibility, and value that we offer our members through CBIA Health Connections," said Phil Vogel, president, CBIA Service Corp.

"While CBIA members have long appreciated our one-stop group benefits platform, the addition of both dental and vision voluntary lines further enhances the choice and flexibility that CBIA Service Corp. provides small businesses."

Voluntary benefits are becoming an increasingly popular way for larger employers to provide their employees worksite-based solutions. The addition of vision and dental lines now allows Health Connections to bring those choices to the small employer market.

CBIA Health Connections offers five unique Ameritas voluntary dental plans to address a range of dental needs with a focus on preventive care and wellness. With Ameritas dental plans, members can receive care from any dentist they choose.

In addition, CBIA is offering two new voluntary vision plans through UnitedHealthcare that enable small business employers to provide affordable vision care benefits to their employees without the employers incurring additional costs to offer the coverage. Eligible employees will have access to flexible vision plan designs, which feature preventive care services, access to a broad network of eye care providers, and a wide selection of frames and lenses.

To learn more about CBIA Health Connections insurance plans, including voluntary vision and dental coverage, go to www.cbia.com/insurance.

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About CBIA Service Corp.

CBIA Health Connections, a program of CBIA Service Corp., is a nationally recognized small business private sector health insurance exchange providing choice and benefit solutions for thousands of companies and their employees since 1995. CBIA Service Corp. is a subsidiary of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association offering a broad range of products, programs, and services to member companies. For more information, visit cbia.com.

About Ameritas

The group division of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. has served customers since 1959. It provides dental, vision, and hearing care products and services for nearly 110,000 employer groups, insuring or administering benefits for more than 5.4 million people nationwide. Ameritas has one of the largest dental networks in the country with over 303,000 access points.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.