(Announcer) “This…is… Dental Plan Jeopardy!
“Let’s meet today’s contestants: a dental hygienist from Bicuspid Bay, Massachusetts – Annie Amalgam. A dental lab technician from Crown Point, Indiana – Robert Resin. And, our returning champion, a dental sales representative and fifth grade spelling bee champion at Thomus Jefersun Elementary in Demineralization Springs, Colorado – Flo Flossing, whose one-day cash winnings total…$19.29!
“And now, here is the host of Dental Plan Jeopardy, Noel McCavity.”
“Thank you Johnny, and thank you ladies and gentlemen, good to have you with us today. Always a lot of excitement on Dental Plan Jeopardy, and yesterday was no exception. In case you missed it, we had a brief melee break out in our studio audience between a gentleman dressed up like the Tooth Fairy and a precocious seven-year-old who claimed the Tooth Fairy left him just two breath mints and an IOU for his last baby tooth.
“Here’s hoping today is a bit more sedate. Good luck contestants, let’s get to work. Here are today’s categories: What Kind of Plan Am I?, HMOs, You Can Quote Me, PPOs, Discount Dental Plans, and Mistaken Indemnity.
(Noel) “Flo, you are the reigning champion. Go.”
(Flo) “PPO’s for $200, please.”
(Noel) “PPO’s, or Preferred Provider Organizations, allow you to go in or out of these.”
(Flo) “What is a network?”
(Flo) “PPO’s for $400.”
(Noel) “PPO’s usually require these for major procedures.”
(Flo)“What are types of anesthesia?”
(Noel) “No, that is incorrect. Annie?”
(Annie) “What is a waiting period?”
(Noel) “Right, proceed.”
(Annie) “What Kind of Plan Am I? for $200.”
(Noel) “These types of plans are sometimes called a ‘fee for service plan’ and allow you to visit any dentist.”
(Annie) “What is an indemnity plan?”
(Noel) “Right you are.”
(Annie) “What Kind of Plan Am I? for $400.”
(Noel) “These types of dental plans offer quick activation times and no waiting period.”
(Annie) “What are discount dental plans?”
(Noel) “Yes. Continue.”
(Annie) “What Kind of Plan Am I? for $600.”
(Noel) “These plans require you pay a fixed price at the time of service and use a network provider.”
(Annie) “What are rollover plans?”
(Noel)“Uh, no; that is incorrect. Anyone? The correct answer is, ‘What is a HMO plan?’ Annie, it’s still your go.”
(Annie) “What Kind of Plan Am I? for $800.”
(Noel) “These plans have no waiting periods, no deductibles, no annual limits and often cost less than other dental plans.”
(Annie) “What are HMO’s?”
(Noel) “Right you are, also known as Health Maintenance Organizations.”
(Annie) “What Kind of Plan Am I? for $1,000, Noel.”
(Noel) “This type of plan was actually included as part of a 1940’s movie title starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray.”
(Annie) “What is Double Jeopardy?”
(Noel) “No, Double Jeopardy is what we play after this round. Robert?
(Robert) “Who are Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones?”
(Noel) “Right answer, wrong question. Judd and Jones played in the movie “Double Jeopardy,” but we are looking for a 1940’s movie that has this type of plan in the title. Flo?
(Flo) “What is Gentlemen Preferred Provider Organizations?”
(Noel) “Uh…no. Robert?”
(Robert)“What is Double Indemnity?”
(Noel) “That is correct.”
(Robert) “You Can Quote Me for $200.”
(Noel) “This online dental insurance program will provide you a free quote with just your age and zip code.”
(Robert) “Who is Dental Insurance Store?”
(Robert) “You Can Quote Me for $400.”
(Noel) “This online dental store’s motto is, ‘Find the right dental plan, at the right price.’”
(Robert) “What is Dental Insurance Store?”
(Noel) “It’s a quick and easy way to buy dental coverage from the convenience of your computer, Robert. But please, let’s continue.”
(Robert) “Uh…okay. You Can Quote Me for $600.”
(Noel) “This quote tool will allow you to compare up to five plans at a time and is found where on the website.”
(Robert) “Dental Insurance Store’s Plan Comparison feature.”
(Noel) “In the form of a question, please…”
(Robert) “Where is Dental Insurance Store’s Plan Comparison feature?”
(Noel) “It’s on the Internet at Dental Insurance Store on the general quotes page. And if you need assistance they have operators available at 1-888-299-6441 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.”
Thank you, Noel for hosting today’s game. I’ll take it from here. Maintaining good oral health and the importance of seeing a dentist twice a year is no game, although millions of people lose out every year by not having dental coverage. Don’t put your pearlies in jeopardy, or double jeopardy, by going another week without protection.
The original version of this post was published at Dental Insurance Store on Jan 14, 2015
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