On December 31, 2018, the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end. However, as directed in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, retired uniformed service members and their families, who were eligible for TRDP, will have the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). The end of TRDP is part of the historic reforms that began rolling out in the Military Health System on January 1, 2018. The implementation of the provisions under the 2017 NDAA and the beginning of new TRICARE support contracts is meant to improve health and enhance medical readiness for the uniformed services.
The first opportunity to enroll in FEDVIP will be during the next Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 12 through December 10, 2018 (ET), with coverage effective January 1, 2019.
If you are currently enrolled in a TRDP plan, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll during open season.
To get answers to frequently asked questions about the transition, go to the FAQs section of this site.
Active duty uniformed service members: The TRDP transition to FEDVIP doesn't impact you. Your dental and vision coverage will still be provided by TRICARE. And your family members will still be eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). Your family members may benefit from this transition, however, since they will now be eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage, if they are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan.
Federal and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees and annuitants: Your FEDVIP coverage, if already enrolled, and/or your eligibility to enroll will not be impacted as a result of the TRDP transition to FEDVIP. FEDVIP rates are reviewed and updated annually, if necessary. Although rates may be different based on the region where you live or the plan you select, they will be the same across eligible groups, including the newly eligible members of the uniformed services.