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News | May 31, 2022

TRICARE Fact Sheet Helps You Find Your Right Dental Plan

By TRICARE Communications

Want to get the most out of your TRICARE dental coverage? Remember that dental coverage is separate from TRICARE’s medical coverage. Your dental coverage is based on who you are. So, it’s important to know the difference between plans. To learn what each dental plan offers and whether 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 which 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 for active duty service members (ADSMs). United Concordia Companies, Inc. (United Concordia) administers the program in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). If you’re 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’re either:
  • Referred from a military dental clinic
  • Remotely located. This means you live and work 50 miles or more from a military dental clinic.
 
Check out the ADDP section of the fact sheet to find more details about eligibility, accessing 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 stateside and overseas. ADSMs aren’t eligible for TDP. Who is eligible? You can enroll in TDP if you’re a:
  • Family member of an active duty service member
  • Family member of a National Guard or Reserve member
  • National Guard or Reserve member who isn’t on active duty
 
As outlined in the TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet, TDP provides comprehensive coverage for most dental services. But you must enroll in TDP to have coverage. Check the fact sheet for enrollment options, costs details, and more.   
 
3. Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is another optional program. It’s managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. FEDVIP is available for:
  • Retirees and their eligible family members
  • National Guard and Reserve retirees
  • Certain surviving spouses
  • Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible family members
 
FEDVIP offers different plan options from a number of dental carriers to choose from. Check out the FEDVIP section for more on those eligible for dental coverage through FEDVIP and how enrollment works.
 
Looking for more information? Check out the TRICARE Dental Options Fact Sheet. And don’t forget to take the Publications Feedback Survey to share your thoughts about it.
 
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