TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Argus Dental & Vision, a premier benefits organization, announced a new vision contract with Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare. Beginning July 1, 2014, Argus Dental & Vision will administer vision benefits to eligible Medicare Advantage members of Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare plans in Florida as well as America’s 1st Choice in North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Argus Dental & Vision contract with Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare will be an addition to the implemented dental contract already in place, which launched in January 2014. Membership benefit coverage will reach to over 100,000 Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare members.
“We are very excited to be entrusted with Freedom and Optimum’s vision care segment,” said Nicholas M. Kavouklis DMD, founder and president of Argus Dental & Vision. “Freedom is lead by seasoned professionals focused on quality care and as such, has earned a well-deserved reputation as the leading Medicare Advantage plan in Florida.”
Leading Argus Dental & Vision’s growing operations will be Chief Operations Officer, Michelle Backlund, with over 20-years of experience in developing healthcare programs and strategic planning.
“We are thrilled to continue Argus’ vision expansion in Florida and the surrounding states," said Michelle Backlund, COO of Argus Dental & Vision. “With the added partnership, our membership exceeds over a quarter-million members and we are looking forward to building dental and vision benefit access for Freedom and Optimum members.”
About Argus Dental & Vision, Inc.
Founded in 2007 by a Florida dentist, Argus Dental & Vision provides dental and vision benefits that offer value and quality to members. Argus is licensed through the Florida Department of Insurance and is the first dental plan organization in the United States to be accredited for quality care by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and is contracted with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to provide affordable dental care to children. Through collaboration between consumers, dentists and insurance agents, Argus has developed flexible benefit plans to meet the specific needs of individuals, families, large and small employer groups, governmental agencies and associations of all sizes. Visit us at www.argusdentalvision.com
About Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare
Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare are Medicare Advantage HMO Plans with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Florida Medicaid program. Together, Freedom and Optimum service over 92,000 members. With headquarters located in Tampa, Florida, the company believes in community-based services and provides concierge centers at the local level throughout Florida. Freedom and Optimum are both NCQA accredited and each plan received a “Commendable” rating and was awarded a three-year accreditation. Learn more at www.freedomhealth.com or www.youroptimumhealthcare.com.