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TRICARE Dental Program - MetLife

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Maintaining good oral health is important; and thankfully affordable dental insurance is just one of the many benefits available to military families. As of May 1, 2012, the administrator for the TRICARE Dental Program switched from United Concordia to MetLife.

Availability
The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP)—which is divided into two geographical areas—serves both CONUS and OCONUS military personnel and their dependents. The CONUS region consists of all 50 United States, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The TDP OCONUS geographical area covers all localities that are outside of the CONUS locations that are referenced above.

To give you a better understanding of the TRICARE Dental Program, below you'll find premium rates, enrollment instructions, contact information, and a list of common acronyms that you're likely to run across during your quest for information about the TDP.

TRICARE Dental Program Premium Rates
The following premium rates are good through February 1, 2013.

Active Duty

Single Premium, which covers one family member: $10.30 per month.

Family Premium, which covers more than one family member: $30.89 per month.

Reserve Members
The following rates are for members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (Special Mobilization Only)

Sponsor Only Premium: $10.30 per month.

Single Premium, which covers one family member, not including the sponsor: $25.74 per month. (Note: If both the sponsor and a single family member are enrolled, the premium due is the total of the sponsor-only premium and the single premium.)

Family Premium, which covers more than one family member, not including the sponsor: $77.22 per month.

Sponsor and Family Premium, which covers all family members, including the sponsor: $87.52 per month.

Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
The following premiums are for members of the IRR (Non-Special Mobilization)

Sponsor-Only Premium: $25.74 per month

Single Premium, which covers one family member, not including the sponsor: $25.74 per month. (Note: If both the sponsor and a single family member are enrolled, the premium due is the total of the sponsor-only premium and the single premium.)

Family Premium, which covers more than one family member, not including the sponsor: $77.22 per month.

Sponsor and Family Premium, which covers all family members, including the sponsor: $102.96 per month.

How To Enroll
If you would like to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program you have several options in doing so. First you'll need to decide how you want to pay your premiums. For your convenience MetLife gives you four option. You may have MetLife:

  • Bill your credit card.
  • Automatically deduct the premiums from your bank account.
  • Deduct the premiums from your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).
  • Mail you an invoice.

Contact Information
To speak with a MetLife customer service agent you may call:

  • CONUS Phone Number: 1-855-638-8371
  • OCONUS Phone Number: 1-855-638-8372
  • TDD/TTY: 1-855-638-8373

Online: For additional information and/or to find a dentist in your area please visit the TRICARE Dental Program Web site or their Facebook page.

Common Acronyms
For your convenience, here's a handy reference list of common acronyms and their meanings that are widely used by the TDP.

ADA – American Dental Association
ADFM – Active Duty Family Member
ADSM – Active Duty Servicemember
BCAC – Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator
BWE – Beneficiary Web Enrollment
CONUS – Continental United States
DBN – Department of Defense Benefits Number
DCN – Document Control Number
DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
DEOB – Dental Explanation of Benefits
DoD – Department of Defense
DTF – Dental Treatment Facility (also referred to as Uniformed Services Dental Treatment Facility)
FPD – Full Partial Denture
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
ID – Identification
IRR – Individual Ready Reserve
MTF – Military Treatment Facility
NARF – Non-Availability and Referral Form
ODTF – Overseas Uniformed Services Dental Treatment Facility
OLM – Orthodontic Lifetime Maximum
PCS – Permanent Change of Station
PDP – Preferred Dentist Program
POA – Power of Attorney
SIU – Special Investigations Unit
SSN – Social Security Number
TAMP – Transitional Assistance Management Program
TAO – TRICARE Area Office
TDP – TRICARE Dental Program
TMA – TRICARE Management Activity
TMD – Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
TOPD – TRICARE OCONUS Preferred Dentist
TRDP – TRICARE Retiree Dental Program
TSC – TRICARE Service Center
OCONUS – Outside Continental United States

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