November 12 is fast approaching!
As you are well aware, at least I hope you are, beginning next year (2019) you will have to transition to a new Dental and Vision care plans. The current Delta Dental, which most of us use, will go away! If you do not apply for one of the several available plans you will have NO dental or vision coverage. That is to say, the current Delta Dental plan does NOT automatically roll over as it has in prior years!
The following highlight is from: (https://tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/indexAction)
Open season is almost here!
Eligibility for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has expanded to include certain retired uniformed service members and active duty family members. The first opportunity for you to enroll is this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 12 through December 10, 2018, with coverage effective January 1, 2019.
Don’t forget! The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on December 31, 2018. If you were enrolled in TRDP, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP dental plan.
You must enroll during open season if you’d like FEDVIP dental and/or vision coverage in 2019.
YOU MUST SELECT A NEW DENTAL AND/OR VISION PLAN!
This email is being sent to all members, that I am aware of, to inform you of what you need to do to enroll in a new dental and/or vision plan for 2019.
I would highly recommend that you start your education on the new dental and vision plans by watching a one hour webinar presented by Shane Ostrom and Paul Frost that was presented on 9-Oct-2018. The archived presentation, “How to Shop for a FEDVIP Dental and Vision Plan” is available here.
After you have looked at and understand the webinar content I would suggest the following references.
- TRDP Transition
- Plan Comparison
A MUST go to site for information/comparisons of the new plans.
Additional sources of information:
- You may also gather more information by Googling for “FEDVIP Dental and Vision Plans”
- Another way to weigh each plan is to take the list of plans to your dentist/vision doctors and ask them what plans they recognize.