Want to get the most out of your TRICARE dental coverage? Remember that dental coverage is separate from TRICARE medical coverage. Your dental coverage is based on who you are. So it is important to know the difference between the plans. To find out what each dental plan offers and if you qualify, you can start with the TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet.
“The TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet is a guide to help you and your family see what dental plans are available,” said Robert Agnello, deputy chief of digital communications at the Defense Health Agency. “Use it to find the best fit for your dental health.”
Here’s a look at what the fact sheet highlights.
1. Active Duty Dental Program
The Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) provides civilian dental care to active duty service members (ADSM). United Concordia Companies, Inc. (United Concordia) administers the program in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside of the continental United States (OCONUS). If you are OCONUS, you must be remotely located and enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas. ADSMs in CONUS locations are eligible to receive care through the ADDP if they are either:
- Referred from a military dental clinic
- Located remotely. This means you live and work 50 miles or more from a military dental clinic.
See the ADDP section of the fact sheet to find more details on eligibility, access to care, and more.
2. TRICARE Dental Program
The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) is a voluntary premium-based plan administered by United Concordia. TDP is available in the United States and internationally. ADSMs are not eligible for TDP. Who is eligible? You can register for the TDP if you are:
- Family member of an active duty member
- Family member of a National Guard or Reserve member
- National Guard or reserve member who is not on active duty
As indicated in the TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet, TDP offers comprehensive coverage for most dental services. But you must register with the TDP to have coverage. See the information sheet for registration options, cost details, and more.
3. Federal Employees Dental and Optical Insurance Program
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is another optional program. It is managed by the US Office of Personnel Management. FEDVIP is available for:
- Retirees and their eligible family members
- National Guard and Reserve retirees
- Some surviving spouses
- Medal of Honor recipients and eligible family members
FEDVIP offers different plan options from a number of dental carriers to choose from. See the FEDVIP section to learn more about who is eligible for dental coverage through FEDVIP and how enrollment works.
Looking for more information? Check TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet. And don’t forget to take the post feedback survey to share your thoughts on the matter.
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