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Tricare dental expansion begins May 1

February 17, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The Tricare Dental Program that covers many nonactive duty military members and their family members is set to begin a new contract May 1, following the military's agreement with United Concordia.

In 2016 Tricare announced that United Concordia was awarded an $11 million contract to support the Tricare Dental Program. The dental program covers family members of active-duty personnel, members of the selected reserve, individual ready reserve and eligible family members, according to the program's website.
No coverage will be dropped with the new contract but some services will expand under the new plan, Army Col. James Honey, chief of Tricare's dental section, told the Military Times on Feb. 1. Expanded service include removing a 20 percent copay for dental sealants and increasing the annual maximum benefit from $1,300 to $1,500.

"The biggest changes we see with this transition really [fall] into an emphasis on more prevention and education," Col. Honey said. "The changes in the new contract are positive changes, and they are for the benefit of beneficiaries."

Children registered as beneficiaries in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System will now be automatically added to the dental plan when they turn 1-year-old.

United Concordia said it began mailing providers information about the new Tricare coverage the week of Feb. 13 and has also published new information at

For more information, about the Tricare Dental Program, visit the website.