• TRICARE: Changes coming to retiree dental coverage

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    On Dec. 31, 2018, the Defense Health Agency’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, administered by Delta Dental, will end. However, as directed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, individuals currently enrolled in or eligible for TRDP will have the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program during the Federal Benefits Open Season from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10, 2018.
    FEDVIP is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision program that offers eligible participants a choice between 10 dental and four vision carriers, with most plans offering both high and standard options. In general, retired uniformed service members and their families who were eligible for the TRDP in 2018 are eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage and, if enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, are also eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage beginning in 2019. In addition, family members of active-duty uniformed service members who are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan are eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage.
    Visit tricare.benefeds.com to prepare for the transition:
    - Use the eligibility tool to determine if you are eligible for FEDVIP. View 2018 FEDVIP plans and premiums to become familiar with this new program.
    - FEDVIP premiums are based on your residential zip code. You can compare current 2018 plans and rates.
    - Register for a live webinar, which can provide an overview of the TRDP-to-FEDVIP transition.
    Stay informed by signing up to receive updates when new information is available and key dates approach.
    - Plan details and premium rates for the 2019 plan year will be available in October 2018.
    The first opportunity to enroll in FEDVIP will be during the next Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10, 2018, with coverage effective Jan. 1, 2019.
    If you are currently enrolled in a TRDP plan, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll during open season.
    Visit tricare.benefeds.com to learn more about eligibility and research plans to become familiar with FEDVIP plan options. You can also sign up for updates, and we will notify you when new information is available and key dates approach.
    To learn more about the transition, go to tricare.benefeds.com.
    To determine if the FLTCIP is right for you, visit LTCFEDS.com to access a suite of online planning tools.
    For personalized assistance, call 1-800-LTC-FEDS (1-800-582-3337) TTY 1-800-843-3557 to speak with a program consultant. They are available to answer any questions you may have and can walk you step-by-step through the plan design and application process.
    Page 2 of 2 - Certain medical conditions, or combinations of conditions, will prevent some people from being approved for coverage. You need to apply to find out if you qualify for coverage under the FLTCIP.
    Established by an act of Congress in 2000 and overseen by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the FLTCIP is designed to meet the specific needs of the Federal family. The long term care insurance under the FLTCIP provides industry-leading benefits and offers flexible options that allow enrollees to tailor coverage to meet their needs.
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