Some vets may qualify for new VA dental care

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers comprehensive dental care… but only to veterans who meet the eligibility standards.

A new offering, VA Dental Insurance Program or VADIP, offers dental coverage to more – but not all – veterans.

“They have to be enrolled in the VA health care system and being treated by the VA,” Warren County VA Director Ed Burris said.

VADIP is a private offering.

“It is a good benefit,” Burris said. “It is not a free benefit.”

There is a monthly premium and copayments may apply.

Veterans may sign up for group dental insurance through one of two providers – Delta Dental and Met Life – that have contracted through the VA.

The pilot program is scheduled for three years with eligible veterans able to sign up in one-year contracts. Coverage is not guaranteed after the end of the trial, but it is possible the program could be extended or made permanent.

Veterans’ family members who are covered under CHAMPVA are eligible for VADIP.

According to documents from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “the contracted insurance carriers must accept all eligible beneficiaries who request participation.”

There are multiple plans available and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Those who are interested in more information or enrollment may visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip or call one of the providers.