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TRICARE Open Season FEDVIP coverage

Eligible beneficiaries are able to make changes to their health and dental plans during this time.

TRICARE Open Season starts Nov. 11, 2019 to Dec. 9, 2019. Eligible beneficiaries are able to make changes to their health and dental plans during this time. (Courtesy graphic from tricare.mil)


The Federal Benefits Open Season began on Nov. 11 and ends on Dec. 9.

Eligible beneficiaries considering enrolling in a dental or vision plan through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), can now review 2020 plans and rates.

If a member is currently enrolled in a FEDVIP dental or vision plan and doesn’t want to make a change, actions are not needed. However, the member should still check and understand any 2020 changes to their plans and plan costs.

Changes to a FEDVIP plan must be done during open season or by following a FEDVIP qualifying life event.

FEDVIP offers ten dental and four vision carriers to choose from.

To help select the right dental or vision coverage for a member and their family, use the FEDVIP plan comparison tool. The online tool can be used to compare 2020 plans and rates based on where a member lives. Members can compare up to three plans side-by-side.

Individual plan brochures can be viewed by clicking on “View details” within the FEDVIP plan comparison tool.

Review the plan brochures to learn more about the benefits, including how to obtain care, cost for covered services, claims process and more before making the 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.

Eligible beneficiaries for FEDVIP coverage
TRICARE beneficiaries eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage include:
• Retired service members and their eligible family members
• Retired National Guard, Reserve members and their eligible family members
• Certain survivors
• Medal of Honor recipients, their immediate family members and survivors

Those who may qualify for FEDVIP vision coverage include:
• Active-duty family members
• National Guard, Reserve members and their eligible family members enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve
• Retired service members and their eligible family members
• TRICARE For Life (TFL) beneficiaries

To enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, members must be enrolled in a TRICARE health plan or have TFL coverage.

Members who are unsure if they are eligible to enroll in FEDVIP can check their eligibility for dental, vision or both.

Remember that both TRICARE and FEDVIP have an open season for enrollment 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 coverage options for next year. Take command and learn more about this year’s TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.

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