Delta Dental chosen for VA dental insurance program

Delta Dental of California has been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the provider for the VA's new Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

Veterans who are enrolled in the VA healthcare system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA can buy the insurance, according to Delta Dental.

An estimated 7.4 million veterans will be eligible to enroll in the program on November 15, 2013, with benefits beginning on January 1, 2014. Delta Dental, one of two carriers for the VADIP, was granted a one-year contract with an option for two one-year extensions.

Enrollees will have access to more than 200,000 network dentist locations, including 47,000 specialist locations. Three Delta Dental plans with varying levels of coverage will be offered: standard, enhanced, and comprehensive. Annual deductibles and maximums vary depending on the plan chosen; premiums vary based on plan and enrollee ZIP code.

It is available to eligible veterans, but it offers no coverage for dependents.

Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA healthcare system can apply by visiting, calling 877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA healthcare facility. Information is also available at

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