Department of Defense extends TRDP contract
The TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) of the Department of Defense has extended the current TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) contract – which runs from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013 – to continue through December 31, 2013.
The contract extension brings no change in premiums or scope of benefits. However, the annual maximum for enrollees in the Enhanced program will be increased to $1,500 for this period. Those in the Basic program will see their maximum increase to $1,250. And, although the maximums are being INCREASED for the extended period, enrollees will NOT be asked to pay a higher deductible.
These changes were implemented April 1. If you had already reached your maximum for the year, please have your dentist resubmit your claim(s) that were not made due to exceeding the maximum.
Delta Dental also will serve as administrator of the new five-year TRDP contract, which will begin January 1, 2014.
The TRDP, authorized by Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1997, offers affordable dental benefits as a voluntary option to the nation's 5 million-plus Uniformed Services retirees and their family members. With current enrollment of more than 1.3 million, the TRDP is the nation's largest voluntary, all-enrollee-paid dental programs.
The TRDP will continue as a worldwide, combined fee-for-service/preferred provider program that offers enrollees access to any licensed dentist in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Canada and overseas.