If you're here, you've probably already heard that on December 31, 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end. Don't worry! You can enroll in dental coverage for next year, effective January 1, 2019, but it will be offered under a different program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
You don't need to take action now. But, to prevent a gap in dental coverage when your TRDP plan ends, you must select and enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan during the next Federal Benefits Open Season. Open season is your annual opportunity to sign up for FEDVIP dental and vision coverage, and this year it runs from November 12, 2018, to December 10, 2018. The coverage effective date is January 1, 2019.
Previously, FEDVIP was only available to Federal and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees, retirees, and their eligible family members, but eligibility for the program has expanded. Both FEDVIP dental and vision coverage will now be offered to certain retired members of the uniformed services and their families. In addition, FEDVIP vision coverage will also be offered to most family members of active duty service men and women.
FEDVIP is popular among Federal employees. The more than 3.3 million people already enrolled give the program high marks for quality and value. With 10 dental and four vision carriers to choose from, and both standard and high plan options, we're happy to say that FEDVIP offers many benefit plans and options, which will provide great flexibility to members of the uniformed services.
Note: Plan details and rates for the 2019 plan year will be available in fall 2018