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The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) is offered by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). United Concordia Companies, Inc., administers and underwrites the TDP for the TMA. The TDP is a high-quality, cost-effective dental care benefit for eligible family members of all active duty uniformed services personnel; as well members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and their eligible family members.

Eligibility

  • Family members of all active duty uniformed services members
  • Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) members and their families sponsors must have at least 12 months remaining of their service commitments at the time they or their families enroll.
  • Reservists and National Guard who are ordered to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days have the same benefits as active duty service members. Included are the Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) and reservists who are on active duty for special work or training.

 

Who Is Not Eligible to Use the TRICARE Dental Program?

  • Active duty service members are not eligible; they get their dental care from their service branches.
  • Also not eligible are former spouses, parents, parents-in-law, disabled veterans, foreign military personnel, and uniformed services retirees and their families.

    Note: Retirees and their families may enroll in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan, which is separate from the TDP. For more information on this plan, call the contractor, Delta Dental, at 1-888-838-8737.
    Enrollment


If you want to enroll in the TDP, you can get an enrollment application by calling UCCI at 1-888-622-2256. Or, you can contact your nearest TRICARE Service Centers, a military dental treatment facility, or a uniformed services personnel office. Enrollment applications are also available on-line, at UCCI's web site.

You and your family's various enrollment options (sponsor only, family only, single family member, etc.) are also explained on the UCCI Web site.

Your enrollment application must be received by UCCI not later than the 20th day of the month, for coverage to begin on the first day of the next month. If UCCI receives your application after the 20th day of the month, your coverage may not begin until the month following the next month. Since these are guidelines and not a guarantee of coverage, it is strongly recommended that sponsors call UCCI to confirm the effective date of enrollment before receiving dental services under TDP.

Once enrolled, you or your family members must stay in the TDP for at least 12 months (with certain exceptions, such as loss of TRICARE eligibility because of divorce, marriage of a child, etc.). After that, you may continue enrollment on a month-to-month basis.

You must send one month's premium payment in with your enrollment. The premium amount is shown on the enrollment form. After the first month, premiums will be automatically deducted from the sponsor's military payroll account, or in some cases be billed directly.

Program Highlights

  • The mandatory enrollment period has been reduced to 12 months. This enrollment "lock-in" may be waived in certain very specific circumstances, such as loss of TRICARE eligibility because of divorce, marriage of a child, etc. The lock-in period may also be waived in the event that
  • Selected Reserve or IRR members are activated under a contingency. To be eligible for this waiver, the sponsor must apply to TDP within 30 days of activation.
  • The maximum benefit coverage has been increased to $1,200 annually.
  • Certain diagnostic and preventive procedures now do not count toward the annual maximum benefit. The lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic care increased to $1,500.
  • The cost share structure has been "tiered" to reduce cost shares for certain procedures for enlisted members in pay grades E-1 through E-4.
  • Children are automatically enrolled at age 4 if the family is enrolled.
  • However, sponsors may enroll their children at age 1. Diagnostic and preventive care for younger children is strongly encouraged.
  • Survivor benefits have been extended to three years for those persons enrolled in TDP at the time of the sponsor's death.
    TDP benefits, limitations, and exclusions are the same for both CONUS (Continental United States) and OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) service areas. In certain circumstances, some covered services may be unavailable from OCONUS host nation dentists.

Other details of TDP benefits, requirements, and restrictions can be found at the UCCI website.

For more information view the Tricare Dental Fact Sheet

Click Here to view the TDP Benefit Booklet

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is offered by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). The Federal Services division of Delta Dental Plan of California, located in Sacramento, California, administers and underwrites the TRDP for the TMA. The TRDP offers comprehensive, cost-effective dental coverage for uniformed services retirees and their eligible family members.

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP)

Eligibility

The TRDP provides dental care for uniformed service members who are entitled to retired pay, members of the Retired Reserve under the age of 60, persons who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, un-remarried surviving spouses, and certain other eligible family members. By law, former spouses are not eligible for TRDP coverage. Enrollment in TRDP is voluntary and is administered by the Delta Dental Plan (DDP) of California. The TRDP is funded solely by enrollees and receives no government subsidy. It was implemented under different legislation and different rules from those applicable to active duty family members and Reserve and National Guard members. More than 700,000 retirees and their eligible family members are enrolled.

Enrollment

Uniformed service retirees and their family members are offered dental benefits through voluntary enrollment in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP). They do not have dental benefits under the TDP for active duty family members and eligible Reserve component personnel, which was implemented February 1, 2001.

There are three ways to enroll in the TRDP:
1. Complete and return an enrollment application with your check, money order or credit card payment information to Delta at: Delta Dental Plan of California, Federal Services, P.O. Box 537008, Sacramento, CA 95853-7008.

2. Enroll online with acceptable credit cards at www.trdp.org.

3. Call toll-free at 1-(888) 838-8737 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday and enroll over the phone using acceptable credit cards.

Additional information about the TRDP including enrollment forms is available at the DDP web site. DDP representatives are also available as follows:

Customer Service: P.O. Box 537008, Sacramento, CA 95853-7008
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-336-3260 or 1-888-838-8737
E-mail: ddpservice@delta.org

 

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