The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) was authorized by Congress to provide a basic dental program for Uniformed Services retirees and their family members. Further legislation has allowed the program to be enhanced to include more comprehensive coverage.
Under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Services division of Delta Dental Plan of California administers the TRDP.
The TRDP is a voluntary dental benefits program with enrollee-paid premiums.
Covered services under the TRDP are offered throughout the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Canada. The following will provide an overview of how the TRDP works:
You are eligible to enroll in the TRDP if you are:
National Guard and Reserve personnel who elect to enroll in the TRDP within 120 days after retirement are now eligible to skip the 12-month waiting period normally required for certain TRDP benefits. Effective February 1, 2005, TMA has authorized a waiver from requiring retired National Guard and Reserves who meet the criteria to enroll in the TRDP for 12 months prior to gaining the maximum allowed benefits for cast crowns, cast restorations, bridges, dentures and orthodontics for adults and children.
Additionally, this new waiver will be applied retroactively to February 1, 2004, for any Guard and Reserve enrollees who can document their enrollment in the TRDP within 120-days after their retirement effective date. Delta will process any claim adjustments resulting from this retroactive waiver upon notification from the enrollee and submission of the appropriate documentation.
All new enrollees seeking to obtain the waiver should submit a copy of their retirement orders with their TRDP application.
Eligible retirees and their family members can find information about the program by visiting the TRDP Web site and toll-free number listed below.
For more information about the TRDP, call toll-free at 1-888-838-8737, or visit Delta Dental online at: www.trdp.org.
For general information about TRICARE, call one of the many toll-free TRICARE information lines found at the TRICARE Contact Us web page.
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