More choices: AlwaysCare Benefits has expanded its national provider network for its dental insurance plan by nearly 30%. The increase gives dental plan members access to more than 144,000 providers in the U.S. Baton Rouge-based AlwaysCare provides group ancillary benefits, such as dental, vision, critical illness and life insurance.
Still pessimistic: U.S. homebuilders are concerned that the struggling housing market won’t recover this year, and some think it may be getting worse. Builders’ outlook for the industry in May was unchanged at 16, the National Association of Home Builders says. It has been at that level for six of the past seven months. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the market. The index hasn’t been above that level since April 2006. When asked about where they see sales of single-family homes heading over the next six months, the builders offered their most pessimistic collective view since September.