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Smile! Instant Dental Insurance Quotes Debut At Quotesmith.com

Quotesmith.com, Inc. (ticker: QUOT, exchange: NASDAQ) News Release - 5/14/1999


Smile! Instant Dental Insurance Quotes Debut At Quotesmith.com

Quick quotes now available for corporations, families and individuals

DARIEN, Illinois (May 14, 1999) -- Can the Internet give you whiter teeth and a better smile? Quotesmith.com, Inc., a provider of instant insurance quotes from over 300 companies on the Internet, has announced the immediate availability of instant dental insurance quotes at its popular insurance information Web site, www.quotesmith.com.

As more and more people search for ways to get quick, unbiased and hassle-free insurance quotes on the Internet without the involvement of commissioned salesmen, Quotesmith.com has brought to market a new, unique, fast, informative and easy-to-use instant dental insurance price comparison service. Designed for use by individuals, families and businesses who employ from 1 to 100 people, Quotesmith.com is kicking off its new service by initially offering quotes from 20 different leading insurance companies. The company hopes to be offering quotes from 100 different dental insurers by the end of 1999.

Quotesmith.com president and founder Robert Bland remarked, "Nearly 117 million Americans are currently enrolled in some kind of dental insurance plan. Price-conscious consumers and business owners will appreciate that we've established a free and easy-to-use centralized source of dental insurance information where none has ever existed before. Private health insurance payments for Dentists' services now exceed $22 billion annually which underscores our achievement here in enabling individuals and corporations to be able to make rational, information-based buying decisions. The format of our new instant dental insurance price comparison service gives visitors the freedom to request coverage from the insurer of their choice. The emergence of this electronic insurance marketplace will forever change, for the better, the way Americans shop and buy insurance."

Since the 1970s dental insurance has been one of the fastest-growing employee benefits. In the last 25 years the percentage of employees who have dental coverage has grown from about 5 percent to over 60 percent. While dental insurance policies can vary widely in their coverages, limits and exclusions, dental insurance generally reimburses for dental services and supplies and encourages preventive care. Dental insurance is generally available through insurance companies, dental service plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, and managed care plans.

About Quotesmith.com

Quotesmith.com has pioneered and brought to market a unique Internet insurance price comparison service which provides instant quotes from over 300 leading insurance companies on several lines of insurance including auto, life, medical, dental, Medicare supplement and fixed annuities. Visitors to the Quotesmith.com site can easily and quickly access up-to-the-day accurate insurance pricing information and request applications from the insurance companies of their choice without having to deal with a commissioned insurance salesperson. In addition to providing policy pricing and coverage information that is not available from any other single source, Quotesmith.com also provides underwriting guidelines and the latest independent rating information from A.M. Best, Duff & Phelps, Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Weiss Ratings, Inc.

Quotesmith.com (formerly Quotesmith Corporation) was founded in 1984 and is privately held. From 1984 to 1993 Quotesmith established itself as the No. 1 online insurance quotation vendor to the insurance agent & broker community. In 1993 Quotesmith halted its agent & broker automation activities and began providing quotes directly to information-hungry consumers and business owners by mail. In 1996 Quotesmith began providing real-time insurance quotes on the Internet. In November 1998 the company changed its name to Quotesmith.com, Inc.

The April 19, 1999 edition of Forbes said, "Quotesmith.com has the most effective way to bring comprehensive, objective insurance purchasing information to consumers and has made it easy for them to complete the purchase..." In its July 1998 issue, Money magazine named Quotesmith.com, "The Super-Deal place to buy insurance online." Also in July 1998, SmartMoney Interactive, the online arm of SmartMoney magazine, rated Quotesmith.com, "The #1 site for online insurance quotes." In January 1998 Quotesmith.com was named "unquestionably the number one rating service on the Internet" by FBO Newsletter, a Raleigh, North Carolina publication.

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This communication appears as a matter of information only and is not an insurance solicitation. Accordingly, no employee of Quotesmith.com, Inc. is recommending or endorsing any specific insurance company, coverage or policy type within this communication. Some insurance companies appear at Quotesmith.com for purely informational purposes only and pay no compensation to Quotesmith.com and some insurers pay commissions to Quotesmith.com based upon premium volume. Quotesmith.com is a service mark of Quotesmith.com, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective owners. South Dakota agent #333509159, California agent #0827712, #OA13858. CA & UT dba Quotesmith.com Insurance Services. UT #90093. Copyright 1999. All rights reserverd. Quotesmith.com, Inc.

Statistical sources cited in this press release include: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Health Insurance Association of America, 1997-1998 Source Book of Health Insurance Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Towers Perrin 1996 Health Care Cost Survey.

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