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The Beginner’s Guide to Group Dental Insurance

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If you’re reading this right now, maybe your company is thinking about switching up dental insurance or looking to add dental benefits for the first time.  Or maybe you’re looking at a copy of a quote or new dental plan and trying to make sense of it all. Whatever the case, there’s a lot of information to take in around dental benefits, and probably some terms and concepts that might be unfamiliar to you. At Beam®, we’re convinced that dental care doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing, and we’re here to make things clear and easy to understand – transparency…

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A Modern Approach to Data Transfer and Security for Insurance Enrollment

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In most cases, B2B data transfer solutions are bloated, insecure, and lacking in prompt feedback. This is especially true in the insurance industry. At Beam®, we have concentrated on solving these issues to the benefit of both our partners and our members. In the healthcare world, a primary example of the existing B2B data transfer landscape is the enrollment and maintenance file format version 5010. Because businesses love arbitrary numbers and acronyms, this is typically called an 834 file. What is an 834? This file communicates health insurance enrollment between companies and government entities, as dictated by HIPAA, and further…

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5 Considerations when buying group dental plans. Hint: It’s not just Network and Price

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If you’re not already convinced that dental insurance is a great perk to add for your team, check out this post. But if you want to learn more about how to approach the group dental plan decision for your team, read on. Anyone who has been in the dental benefits industry for more than a day can tell you that the traditional decision criteria for a dental benefits plan are “network and price.” In a world where dental insurance is virtually commoditized, these two factors make perfect sense. But with all the changes in insurance over the past few years, do we…

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How do I find a Beam dentist?

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You must be so excited! You’re enrolled in Beam. You’ve downloaded the app (iOS or Android). You’ve got your digital insurance card and you’re ready to set up your first appointment. Now what? At Beam we always aim for simple, beautiful and user-friendly, so we’ve built our “Find a Dentist” feature right in the app!

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4 Reasons why your awesome company should offer dental benefits

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You’re a founder, CEO or other HR / benefits decision-maker at a small to mid-size business. You’re at an exciting company that cares about employees and sees the team as the key to its success. Maybe your company has a young, millennial workforce and you want to show them you’re invested in them as people. You probably have some traditional benefits for the team (medical, retirement), maybe even some unique or innovative perks (free lunch, anyone?). You may or may not have dental benefits. But you probably should, and here’s why.

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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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