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New Dental and Vision Coverage Now Available to Defense Department Beneficiaries

By Katie Lange
Department of Defense

A lot of TRICARE recipients who aren’t actively serving may want to enroll in vision and dental coverage through the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program, known as FEDVIP. Currently, more than 3.3 million federal employees already use it. It’s never been available to Defense Department beneficiaries before, but now it is!

Dental eligibility
If you’re an active-duty service member, an active-duty family member or you’re in the Guard or Reserve, your TRICARE dental plans will stay the same.

But if you’re enrolled in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, things are going to change. TRDP is going away at the end of 2018, so if you want to continue coverage, you must enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan. There is no rollover, so make sure you enroll during open season!

The good news. There are 10 dental carriers from which to choose.

“What we realized is that people have different types of dental needs,” said Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency. “Younger beneficiaries probably need to make sure that they have the kind of care that’s preventative. In teen years, there are probably different demands, and certainly, as we get more distinguished and more mature, there are some additional needs.”

MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2016) Denis Laird, a doctor of dental surgery at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, conducts an amalgam restoration on a patient. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2016) Denis Laird, a doctor of dental surgery at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, conducts an amalgam restoration on a patient. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel/Released)

 

MARTIN, Tenn. (July 11, 2013) Capt. Mike Radoiu, an optometrist from Expeditionary Medical Facility Bethesda, uses a binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy tool to examines a patient's eyes. (U.S. Navy photo by Bruce Cummins/Released)
MARTIN, Tenn. (July 11, 2013) Capt. Mike Radoiu, an optometrist from Expeditionary Medical Facility Bethesda, uses a binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy tool to examines a patient’s eyes. (U.S. Navy photo by Bruce Cummins/Released)

Vision eligibility
If you’re enrolled in a TRICARE health plan and you’re not an active-duty service member, you’re also eligible to enroll in one of four FEDVIP vision plans. Sorry, TRICARE Young Adult enrollees – like active-duty service members, you’re not eligible for this.

FEDVIP enrollment
Like the rest of your benefits, your open season for enrollment in FEDVIP is Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. Coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. Much like TRICARE Prime and Select plans, the only time you can get coverage under FEDVIP outside of open enrollment is if you experience a qualifying life event.

Still trying to figure this out? Visit Tricare.Benefeds.com for more information and to sign up for email notifications that will update you on eligibility, rates and more. You can check out their frequently asked questions section. The 2019 plans and rates are now available so you can compare and decide which plan best meets the needs of you and your family.

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Editor’s note: This blog was originally published Oct. 22, 2018, on DoD Live.

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