News from Our Partners - Understanding the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision program that offers eligible participants a choice between 10 dental and four vision carriers, with some plans offering both high and standard options.
BENEFEDS is the government-authorized and OPM-sponsored enrollment portal that eligible participants use to enroll in FEDVIP coverage. BENEFEDS also manages the billing systems and customer service functions necessary for the collection of FEDVIP premiums. BENEFEDS is administered by Long Term Care Partners, LLC, with oversight by OPM.
Current and future premium payment
If you are currently enrolled in the Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) your last TRDP allotment should have been collected from your retirement pay on November 30, 2018 for your TRDP coverage in December. TRDP allotments are set up to pay in advance for coverage. You do not need to take action; TRDP allotments will be stopped automatically.
If you enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for the 2019 plan year, your first FEDVIP allotment will be collected from your February 1, 2019 retirement pay for your FEDVIP coverage in January. FEDVIP allotments are set up to pay in arrears for coverage. This means you will not see an allotment in your December 31 retirement pay.
Automatic reenrollment annually
Once you enroll in a FEDVIP dental and/or vision plan, you will be automatically reenrolled each year. You will have the opportunity to make changes to your enrollment every year during open season or, in some cases, outside of open season if you experience a FEDVIP qualifying life event (QLE).
Enrolling outside of open season
If you intended to enroll in a FEDVIP plan before the end of the Federal Benefits Open Season on December 10, 2018, but were unable to do so for reasons beyond your control, visit BENEFEDS.com to find out what options are available to you. BENEFEDS.com is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accessible via computer, cell phone, and tablet. If you have enrollment questions, and do not have access to the internet, please call the BENEFEDS Customer Service Center at 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337) TTY 1-877-889-5690, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET).