Kirk E. Andrews Wins Gabryl Award

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Kirk E. Andrews

Alan S. Cohn currently serves as the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory ICU medical company. In addition to his day-to-day work, Alan S. Cohn belongs to professional organizations such as the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

The National Association of Dental Plans recently announced Kirk E. Andrews as the 2016 recipient of the Gabryl Award. It is the top honor an industry professional can receive, reflective of an individual’s commitment to leadership and key input on policy issues within the dental benefits sphere.

Gabryl Award winners are chosen from a list of nominees that the NADP board of directors chooses annually. Those chosen as winners have demonstrated consistent volunteer efforts that have benefited the mission of NADP, which is to further the dental benefits sector while providing affordable coverage to the insured.

Kirk E. Andrews had key input on dental aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and was a member of the Health Care Reform (HCR) Task Force constituted in 2010. He made critical contributions to the formation of the ACA policy platforms as they pertained to dental carriers, reinforcing his role as an important ally of the NADP.


National Association of Dental Plans to Host CONVERGE Conference

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National Association of Dental Plans

The former CEO of Avesis, a managed health care company in Phoenix, Arizona, Alan S. Cohn currently serves as the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory ICU medical company. Active in the health care field, Alan S. Cohn belongs to professional groups and organizations such as the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

The largest, nonprofit, national, trade association devoted to the dental plan industry, the NADP serves both industry professionals and consumers by improving access to affordable and high-quality dental care. The organization serves its members through educational seminars, government-relations campaigns, research, and other initiatives. The NADP also hosts CONVERGE, an annual conference for members.

This year’s CONVERGE conference will take place September 12-15 in San Antonio, Texas. Held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, the conference will bring together industry leaders for networking opportunities and professional development. In addition to workshops and talks, CONVERGE features social events such as the Ameritas-sponsored golf tournament.

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NADP’s CONVERGE Heads to San Antonio in 2016


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National Association of Dental Plans

Chief executive officer of Avesis Incorporated, Alan S. Cohn has provided vision and dental care plans to millions of members since joining the organization in 1992. To ensure he integrates the best practices of his field into Avesis, Alan S. Cohn holds membership with the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

On September 12, 2016, the NADP will kick off CONVERGE. Its annual conference, CONVERGE takes place at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. For four days, attendees will network with peers and participate in interactive educational sessions addressing government relations and business development. The event also serves as a platform to honor influential members with the Don Mayes Leadership and Star awards. Further, an exhibitor’s hall and social activities, including a golf tournament, are planned.

Registration is open to all interested parties. NADP members receive a special rate as well as a complimentary dental benefits fact sheet. The latter is available to nonmembers for a fee of $1,495.

National Association of Dental Plans Presents CONVERGE

An alumnus of George Washington University holding a juris doctor from the University of Baltimore, Alan S. Cohn leads Avesis as chief executive officer. In conjunction with his executive role, Alan S. Cohn maintains membership with the National Association of Dental Plans.

On September, 28, 2015, the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) will kick off CONVERGE at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in California. The four-day conference offers access to educational seminars and industry exhibitors. Attendees will hear from Dr. Lynn Mouden, chief dental officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Michael Rogers, an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and futurist. Mr. Rogers will lead the event’s opening session, and Dr. Mouden will close out the festivities on October 1st.

In addition to the educational component, guests are invited to participate in various planned activities, such as the golf tournament and cocktail hour. The Dental Dash fun run is also slated for September 30th at 6:30 a.m.

NADP Members Expand Networks

For more than two decades, Alan S. Cohn has worked at Avesis Managed Health Care as chief executive officer. An experienced professional, Alan S. Cohn maintains a number of industry memberships, including the National Association of Vision Care Plans and the National Association of Dental Plans.

download (5)Dental Select, a member of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), has recently expanded its provider network by more than 67 percent, a move that will solidify its position as one of the nation’s largest dental networks. With the expansion, the NADP now covers more than 200,000 locations throughout all 50 states, bringing to each access point the highest standard of credential processing. Dental Select president and chief executive officer Brent Williams describes the expansion as a strategic platform that will provide convenient, high quality dental care to employees all over the United States. This recent expansion is only part of Dental Select’s national growth campaign, which is slated continue into the future.

downloadDental Select is not the only NADP member focused on national expansion. Coastal Dental, Inc. recently changed their name to The CDI Group as part of an aggressive, nationwide plan for growth. The CDI Group, founded in 2007, specializes in discount dental plans.

Latest News from the National Association of Dental Plans

As the CEO of the managed health care firm Avesis, Alan S. Cohn helps to provide as many people as possible with the best dental benefits. Alan S. Cohn holds membership in the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

The primary resource and representative for the dental benefits market, NADP is the biggest nonprofit organization focusing exclusively on dental benefits. Here are brief summaries of some of NADP’s most recent press releases:

Holiday Basket Giveaway from is giving away all kinds of dental care-related gift baskets. These baskets include items such as crayon-colored toothpaste, movie-themed dental products, and electric toothbrushes. is partnering with GUM for this giveaway. Each basket has an individual theme to cater to both adults and children.

Chris Swanker Named Board Chairman of NADP

Chris Swanker, the current vice president of work site and specialty markets, recently was named the board chairman of NADP. Swanker has worked hard for the organization over the last six years, and the new title reflects this. His promotion was announced by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

Dominion Announces New Vice President of Marketing

Jeff Schwab has been named the vice president of marketing at Dominion Dental Services, a Virginia-based provider of vision and dental benefits. As vice president, Schwab’s responsibilities will cover everything from heading the firm’s marketing efforts to overseeing new product launches.