TRICARE Dental Program Enrollees Receive Annual Maximum Increase
In response to COVID-19, the annual maximum for TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) enrollees was raised. TDP enrollees now have an additional $300 of coverage for their dental care this contract year. The contract year runs from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. It’s the latest of recent TRICARE changes introduced to improve your access to care during the national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a crucial increase that will help so many people,” said Chief of the Defense Health Agency TRICARE Dental Care Section COL Christensen Hsu. “We understand the financial impact COVID-19’s had on military families. With patients starting to resume their dental appointments, this move comes at the right time.”
If you’re enrolled in TDP, here’s what you need to know about the change:
- Your annual maximum increased from $1,500 to $1,800.
- This increase is in effect for this contract year (May 1, 2020–April 30, 2021).
- It applies to enrollees in the TDP CONUS and OCONUS service areas.
- It’s automatic and doesn’t require you to do anything.
The change to your TDP annual maximum may help you continue to get covered dental services from your provider and prevent you from having to pay more out of pocket. Keep in mind that the additional $300 doesn’t apply to all services. For example, orthodontic care has a lifetime maximum, which is separate from your annual one. However, the increase does apply to certain diagnostic care. To learn more about TDP maximums and covered dental services, read the TRICARE Dental Program Handbook or go to the TDP website.
As you return to your dental appointments, be sure to follow the safety precautions your dental office is using. The American Dental Association recently issued recommendations to keep dental staff and patients safe during appointments. You should talk to your dental provider if you have questions.
Did you know that United Concordia Companies, Inc. (United Concordia) is providing payment to dental providers for personal protective equipment, or PPE, as a result of the pandemic? United Concordia is reimbursing providers per patient, per visit, for dates of service from May 1 through Sept. 30 of this year. This helps your dental provider cover the costs associated with purchasing additional PPE related to COVID-19. This PPE payment applies to both TDP and the Active Duty Dental Program.
Take advantage of the increase to your TDP annual maximum so that you can get the care you need. If you have questions about your dental coverage, reach out to United Concordia. And use resources available on the TRICARE and TDP websites.
Last Updated 7/24/2020