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Thousands Sign Up for Dental Insurance

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VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

By Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 64,000 eligible Veterans and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) beneficiaries have taken advantage of the discounted dental insurance plans offered through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program is a partnership between VA, Delta Dental and MetLife.

VADIP, which launched Nov. 15, 2013, is a three-year pilot program designed for Veterans with no dental coverage and those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.

There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment. People interested in participating can complete an application online through either Delta Dental or MetLife. Coverage is available throughout the United States and its territories. The program provides another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector for high-quality care.

 Participation does not affect individuals’ entitlement to VA dental services and treatment. 

94 Percent Plan to Renew Their Coverage

Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Enrollment in VADIP is voluntary. Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $11.67 to $63.48 per month for individual plans. Copayments and other charges may apply.

A recent survey of VADIP participants reflect overall satisfaction with the program is 80 percent; 93 percent would recommend the program and 94 percent plan to renew their coverage.

For more information on VADIP, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip or call Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.

Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.