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CompBenefits' VisionCare Plan Transforms LASIK Benefits with First-Ever LASIK Insurance Product, Now Available in Three Texas Markets

Atlanta (July 15, 2005) � CompBenefits, a company known for developing innovative dental and vision benefit products, announced today that it is making a LASIK insurance rider available in three Texas markets. Typically LASIK "coverage" is included in an insurance plan as a discount program. Now, people who select the CompBenefits VisionCare Plan can have the benefit of an insurance product if their doctor recommends LASIK surgery.

Insurance companies have traditionally considered LASIK surgery a procedure that can be replaced by less costly treatment options. This type of surgery can cost around $9,000. However, as demand for the procedure has increased, CompBenefits has designed a plan that integrates this option into the company's core vision insurance plans. Now, CompBenefits customers can select the treatment they most prefer without facing an expense that makes LASIK out of reach for many. This insurance program includes exclusive access to participating network ophthalmologists. CompBenefits has special contracting requirements for the insurance plan to ensure that the surgery is done in LASIK centers with the experience that meets the CompBenefits' VisionCare Plan standards.

"This new eye health insurance break through is phenomenal because VisionCare Plan members in Texas are able to buy an upgrade to an eye health benefit that controls costs while at the same time providing access to the country's superior laser surgery offices," says VisionCare Plan's Dr. Howard Braverman.

To take advantage of this new insurance benefit—which is available now in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio—VisionCare Plan members must select the LASIK rider when they enroll in a VisionCare Plan. Dr. Braverman said it is important to start educating people about the availability of the plan now since it is near the time when many companies give employees their once a year opportunity to sign up for new benefits. "We are so pleased the program is ready to go now in Texas," said Braverman. "If it works as well as we think it will I'm confident you'll see CompBenefits expanding this even further."

For 25 years CompBenefits has focused on creating affordable programs that provide easy access to vision and oral health care. The company today has almost 5 million member and is headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia


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