Delta Dental awarded contract to provide voluntary benefits for eligible veterans
November 04, 2013
San Francisco/Sacramento — Delta Dental of California announced today its selection by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a dental benefits provider for the new Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).
The pilot program will offer veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) the opportunity to purchase dental insurance. 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.
An estimated 7.4 million veterans will be eligible to enroll in VADIP on November 15, 2013, with benefits beginning on January 1, 2014. Delta Dental, one of two carriers for the VADIP, was granted a one-year contract with an option for two one-year extensions.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the VA in this new program. Delta Dental’s mission is to take care of families’ oral health, and we are honored by the addition to our enrollment of our nation’s veterans who protected our country,” said Delta Dental President and Chief Executive Officer Gary D. Radine.
Enrollees will have access to more than 200,000 network dentist locations, including 47,000 specialist locations. Three Delta Dental plans with varying levels of coverage will be offered: Standard, Enhanced and Comprehensive. Annual deductibles and maximums vary depending on the plan chosen; premiums vary based on plan and enrollee ZIP code. Enrollment is available to eligible veterans, with no dependent coverage option at this time. Additional information is available at deltadentalVADIP.org or by calling Delta Dental toll-free at 855-370-3303 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Delta Dental of California, along with Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental Insurance Company and Delta Dental of New York, are part of a group of companies under common management that provide dental benefits to 26 million people. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, whose member companies collectively cover more than 66 million people nationwide.