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Deadline to enroll in Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program pushed back

December 20, 2018

Washington — The federal government extended the deadline to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, which is replacing the Tricare Retiree Dental Program.

The original deadline to enroll was Dec. 10, according to BENEFEDS.com, the government-authorized enrollment portal that eligible participants use to enroll in and manage their coverage.

Eligibility for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, expanded to include certain retired uniformed service members, active duty family members and survivors. They still may be able to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program if they “experienced extenuating circumstances during open season that prevented you from enrolling at that time,” according to BENEFEDS.com.

The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision program available to federal employees and annuitants and certain uniformed service members. It offers eligible participants a choice between 10 dental carriers. The federal plan will give enrollees the option of choosing from six national plans: Aetna Dental, Delta Dental, FEP BlueDental, GEHA, MetLife and United Concordia Dental, and four regional plans: Dominion Dental, EmblemHealth, Humana and Triple-S Salud.

Delta Dental previously administered the program. The move from Delta Dental to a federal plan resulted from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which mandated giving military retirees access to a vision plan that was not previously available to them in Tricare.

To review enrollment options, visit BENEFEDS.com.