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Originally published: 2012-10-24 16:21:39
Last modified: 2012-10-24 16:21:39

Veterans' Corner 10.25.12

Mike Halus / (

Two routine trips per year to the dentist for basic diagnostic and preventative care could cost you $424 – or $0 if you are enrolled in the Enhanced TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and receive care from a participating network dentist in one of 150,000 nationwide locations.
The Enhanced TRICARE Retiree Dental Program is available to all military retirees, even if they are age 65 or older, Gray Area retirees and their eligible family members, un-remarried surviving spouses and their eligible children, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible immediate family members. The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective. After 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants. New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services.
The Enhanced TRDP provides every enrollee an annual maximum benefit of $1,200 per person (Basic Program enrollees have a annual maximum benefit of $1,000 per person), a $1,000 annual maximum for dental accidents and a $1,500 lifetime maximum for orthodontics. Preventive and diagnostic services don’t count against the annual maximum – those benefits are in addition to the $1,200.
The Enhanced TRDP service area includes 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. Enhanced-Overseas TRDP coverage is available to enrollees who reside outside the Enhanced TRDP service area.
TRDP enrollees realize the maximum program savings (an average of 22 percent) when seeing a network provider. To find a network provider, use the Consumer Toolkit to print ID cards, view annual maximum information, see if claims have been paid and sign up for e-mail updates, TRDP enrollees should click to
Retirees can find more information and enroll in the program by clicking to or by calling TRDP’s Customer Service at (888) 838-8737 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Note: Those without computers can go a library for computer assistance.
For VA questions, call Georgia Henry at (828) 733-8211.
Comments and suggestions on the Veteran’s Corner can be emailed to Mike Halus at (