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Magnolia Health Launches New Dental Health Plan, Dental Health & Wellness

JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magnolia Health – a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation – has announced Dental Health & Wellness as its new dental benefits manager effective Jan. 1, 2015. Dental Health & Wellness, one of Centene's specialized health solutions companies, is partnering with Magnolia Health to administer dental benefits for members in the Mississippi Division of Medicaid's Coordinated Access Network and Mississippi Children's Health Insurance Plan.

"Magnolia is constantly looking for ways to improve the health and wellness of Mississippians, and this new dental health plan will allow all of our members to put their best smile forward in 2015," said Dr. Jason B. Dees, president and CEO of Magnolia Health. "It's important that our members receive the best preventative dental services integrated with their routine physical exams each year. This new partnership promotes positive health outcomes in a continuum of care to our patients throughout the year."

"Preventative and routine dental care is critical to maintaining a person's overall health," said Scott Laihinen, plan president and CEO, Dental Health & Wellness. "Through our partnership with Magnolia Health, we demonstrate our commitment to providing Medicaid recipients with access to quality dental services, especially children."

Dental Health & Wellness has established robust dental provider and specialty provider networks to ensure a smooth transition for Magnolia Health members statewide. Members whose current dental providers are not participating in the Dental Health & Wellness network may continue seeing their provider without disruption throughout the 90-day continuity of care period. Providers interested in joining the Dental Health & Wellness network can sign up at https://providers.dentalhw.com/ by entering code MS.

About Magnolia Health

Magnolia Health is a long-term solution to help the state of Mississippi enhance care for Medicaid and CHIP recipients, while most effectively managing taxpayer dollars. A physician-driven, Mississippi-based Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), Magnolia is backed by its parent company, Centene Corporation (Centene). Centene has more than 30 years of experience in Medicaid, CHIP and other government-funded programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and long-term care. For more information about Magnolia, visit www.magnoliahealthplan.com.

About Dental Health & Wellness

Dental Health & Wellness is committed to improving the oral health of the community one smile at a time, which leads to improved overall health of individuals. Dental Health & Wellness' innovative client solutions, education programs, personal attention and provider support create a comprehensive dental care system that reduces administrative burden for providers and offers quality dental services for our client's members.

CONTACT: Todd Smith 601.460.0705 615.202.7944 todd@deanesmithpartners.com

Source:Magnolia Health