Open Season for FEDVIP Dental and Vision Coverage Starts Soon


Get ready for open season. The Federal Benefits Open Season begins on Nov. 11 and ends on Dec. 9. If you’re eligible and considering enrolling in a dental or vision plan through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), you can now review 2020 plans and rates. If you’re currently enrolled in a plan and don’t want to make a change, you don’t have to do anything. You’ll automatically be enrolled in a 2020 plan, but you should still check that you understand any changes to your plan and plan costs. If you wish to change your FEDVIP plan, you must do so during open season or else following a FEDVIP qualifying life event.

FEDVIP offers 10 dental and 4 vision carriers to choose from. To help you select the right dental or vision coverage for you and your family, use the FEDVIP plan comparison tool. The online tool allows you to compare 2020 plans and rates (premiums and cost-shares) based on where you live. You can compare up to three plans side-by-side.

By clicking on “View details” within the FEDVIP plan comparison tool, you can also view the individual plan brochures. Review the plan brochures to learn more about the benefits, including how you obtain care, your cost for covered services, claims process, and more before making your final enrollment decision.

FEDVIP provides comprehensive dental and vision coverage. For many FEDVIP carriers, you can choose your coverage level (high or standard option). High option plans have higher monthly premiums and typically higher annual maximums, but typically lower copayments. Standard option plans have lower monthly premiums and typically lower annual maximums, but typically higher copayments.

Are you eligible for FEDVIP?

TRICARE beneficiaries eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage include:

  • Retired service members and their eligible family members
  • Retired National Guard and Reserve members and their eligible family members
  • Certain survivors
  • Medal of Honor recipients and their immediate family members and survivors

Those who may qualify for FEDVIP vision coverage include:

To enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, you must be enrolled in a TRICARE health plan or have TFL coverage. If you’re not sure if you can enroll in FEDVIP, check your eligibility. You can see if you’re eligible for FEDVIP dental, vision, or both.

Remember that both TRICARE and FEDVIP have an open season for enrollment. Each will run from Nov. 11 through Dec. 9. TRICARE Open Season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE Prime (including the US Family Health Plan) or TRICARE Select. Now is the time to explore your coverage options for next year. Take command of your health, and learn more about this year’s TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.

At the time of posting, this information is current. For the most recent information, contact your TRICARE contractor or local military hospital or clinic.

Last Updated 10/14/2021