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How Much Should Group Dental Insurance Cost?

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The most common word people use to describe dental insurance is “expensive.” Not far down the list is “boring.” If we’re doing our job right at Beam®, it won’t be long before you start thinking of dental benefits as something entirely different: affordable. In order to help make sound decisions on dental benefits, let’s open up the black box of dental insurance underwriting so you can better understand how groups are priced. Below are just a few factors that can impact a group’s premium as you look at dental plans.  However, remember that the most important consideration should be the…

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8 Healthy Work Perks for Employees

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This isn’t the first time you’ve seen a list like this on unique company perks or best places to work, but this one has a twist. I’ve pulled together a list of innovative benefits focused on health and wellness that you might be able to offer your employees.   Sure, some of these perks don’t yet have proof of a high ROI, but they all clearly add to company culture and demonstrate to employees that you care about their well-being.  And it has been proven that culture and employee satisfaction does have a positive return1 on investment. In that way, health-based…

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Why Beam® is Making Dental Benefits Better

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One of the most common questions I get when doing an interview or introducing Beam® dental to a new person is ‘how the heck did you get into dental benefits?’ Fair question. There is nothing in my background, nor the backgrounds of our co-founders, that suggests that we would be the perfect people to bring a disruptive idea to the dental industry. In fact, our high level CV looks extremely typical for a tech startup: 3 young males who met in engineering school and started building things together when we got bored with classes. However, our story diverges quickly from…

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How Beam® SmartPremiums Work

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We recently launched Beam® SmartPremiumsTM, the most innovative dental insurance plans in decades. While this post shares a bit about Beam®’s vision and why we launched SmartPremiumsTM, I want to take a minute to address some common questions we’ve received, starting with: How do SmartPremiumsTM work? Here’s the short answer: SmartPremiumTM plans allow clients to save money on dental insurance by practicing good oral care habits, aka brushing your teeth! When a client signs up for Beam® group dental insurance, each member receives a Beam® brush as part of their Beam® perks wellness package, which is included with each plan….

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Beam’s Vision for Better Dental Benefits: SmartPremiums, Now Live in Certain States!

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Beam® Dental has a goal: be the world’s leading dental insurance provider. To us, that means a few things must be true: Have the best product experience in the industry Use new insights to create more value for members Invest in preventive care to improve outcomes Create an ecosystem of greater access for all people And today, I’m excited to announce that SmartPremiumsTM, Beam®’s new dental insurance plans with the most advanced underwriting in the world, is now live in California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona. The Beam® journey When Alex Curry, Dan Dykes, and I started…

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Manufacturing update: a better beam® brush

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Demand for the beam® brush has been off the charts! It’s far exceeded anything we anticipated, and has outpaced our production. When we realized the problem, it occurred to us that there were two paths we could take. The first path was straightforward. We could contract produce more brushes as quickly as possible and ship them to our members exactly as we have in the past. The second path was more complicated. We could use the inventory problem as an opportunity to regroup and find ways to improve our brush, our manufacturing process, and our user experience. Naturally, we chose…

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How Digital Health Will Disrupt

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With the recent FitBit IPO, it seems particularly relevant to address the foundational ideas of digital health and what it means to be a participant in this brave new world of healthcare innovation. Realistically, health tech can refer to anything from upgraded EHR systems to state-of-the-art MRI machines. Heck, we could even include those vibrating flab-be-gone machines. So to be clear, we must define and focus on a single category. Many truly disruptive technologies are those that change our behaviors. Sure, owning a flab-fighter might have gotten Joe Shmoe to care about his appearance and fitness a little more (or…

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Introducing the Beam StarCard

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Since Dan, Alex and I started Beam in 2012, we have been content to publicly call it a ‘smart toothbrush’ company, a startup pushing to smash as much technology as possible into a toothbrush. During that time, I have endured countless inquiries from prospective investors, competition judges, peers and colleagues, all questioning one thing: why would you connect a toothbrush?!

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