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The Principal Expands Dental Network

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>In-network dentists now available at 180,000 locations nationwide</b> </p>

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Principal Expands Dental Network09:00 EDT Monday, April 02, 2012 DES MOINES, Iowa (Business Wire) -- The Principal Financial Group® adds more than 11,000 dentists and specialists to its growing list of in-network dental providers, boosting the total number to 80,000. Dental insurance members now have access to those dentists at more than 180,000 offices and clinics nationwide. “More in-network providers in more locations, means greater choice, access and cost-savings for our members,” said Theresa McConeghey, assistant vice president of dental insurance for The Principal®. “By expanding our network, we're not only able to offer more dentists in current networks, but we're also able to offer access to dental providers in several new areas.” Principal Dental network dentists agree to discounted fees and a review of their professional credentials. These discounts translate to lower out-of-pocket costs for members and a lower rate for employers. Members who use an in-network dentist experience a significant savings on dental treatments. The Principal provides a number of interactive tools to help members get the most out of their dental benefits through The Principal Dental Health EdgeSM. Members can access information on procedures, treatment plans, network providers and basic oral health information. The site includes a cost estimator, which calculates dental costs in a given ZIP code and a database of network providers who offer discounted charges and fees. For more news and insights from The Principal, connect with us on Twitter at About the Principal Financial GroupThe Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)1 is a global investment management leader including retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $335 billion in assets under management2 and serves some 18 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit Insurance products provided by Principal Life Insurance Company, a member of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. 1 “The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.2 As of Dec. 31, 2011. The Principal Financial GroupSonja R. Sorrel,