TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Celebrates 1.5 Million Enrollees Milestone

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Delta Dental of California continues its mission of proudly covering the smiles of members of our country’s retired military and their families.

Delta Dental of California announced today that enrollment in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) surpassed 1.5 million lives this month.

In December 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the TRDP contract to Delta Dental, continuing the company’s prior 15 years of service to Uniformed Services retirees and their family members. The TRDP is the nation’s largest voluntary, all-enrollee paid dental program.

“We are proud to serve our military retirees and their family members,” said Patrick T. Henry, senior vice president for Delta Dental’s Federal Government Programs division. “Through our collaborative partnership with the Defense Health Agency (DHA), we continually improve the TRDP, which is central to our partnership with the agency. Achieving this milestone is very gratifying, and our commitment to helping these families receive quality oral care and improve their overall health is stronger than ever.”

The TRDP is a combined fee-for-service/preferred provider program that offers enrollees access to comprehensive, affordable dental care in the United States and overseas. Enrollees may seek care from any licensed dentist; however, the best plan benefits — including no copayments for routine cleanings, exams and x-rays — are obtained by using a TRDP network dentist. Diagnostic and preventive services, basic restorative services, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, dental emergencies and a separate dental accident benefit are available immediately upon the enrollee’s effective date of coverage.

The waiting period for an enhanced scope of benefits is 12 months, after which the maximum coverage for crowns, bridges, full/partial dentures and orthodontics goes into effect. New enrollees can qualify to waive the waiting period if they enroll within four months after retirement from active duty or transfer to Retired Reserve status. The TRDP also coordinates benefits with other dental plans, maximizing the enrollee’s overall coverage under both plans.

“The program continues to grow while we keep premiums low for what amounts to a broad benefits and wellness package,” said Henry. “We are committed to maintaining the right benefit at the right price while providing the best customer experience possible.”

Eligible retirees and their family members can learn more about the program through the TRDP website at trdp.org. Some of the website features include online enrollment and other self-service tools, YouTube videos that explain program benefits and the award-winning SmileWay® wellness site with focused content to improve overall oral and physical health. Those who are eligible for the TRDP can enroll at any time during the year.

About our group of companies
Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental Insurance Company and their affiliated companies under common management collectively provide dental benefits plans to 33 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, IL, whose member companies collectively cover 68 million people nationwide.

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