7/2/2010 - FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) -- The Tricare Dental Program newsletter, published three times a year, provides great information to enrollees about their dental benefits.
Topics covered in Issue 2 of the dental newsletter include details about enhancements made to the Tricare Dental Program website, facts on getting dental care while traveling and ways to limit the amount of sugary drinks consumed by children.
A farewell message from Navy Capt. Robert H. Mitton, chief of the Dental Care Branch, to Tricare beneficiaries also is included in this issue's "Dentist Is In" column. Captain Mitton took over as chief of staff for Tricare Management Activity June 21.
The Tricare Dental Program newsletter is available for download on the public portal of Tricare's Smart Site at www.tricare.mil/tricaresmart. After entering the public portal, beneficiaries can click on their region, then "Dental" to view Issue 2 of the newsletter. At the Smart Site, beneficiaries can download copies of other Tricare print products such as newsletters, flyers, and handbooks. The Smart Site is a one-stop shop for detailed information on the Tricare benefit.
At www.tricare.mil/subscriptions beneficiaries can sign up to receive Tricare newsletters, e-mail alerts about specific products found at the Smart Site and a variety of Tricare news.
7/6/2010 4:26:55 PM ET Why are co-payments and premiums so high for family members of active duty? It seems that my responsible portion of the dental bill keeps going up year after year ,yet the areas of coverage for my family keep going down. We have BAH and BAS - what about BAD basic allowance for denta?lTthe name seems to fit. I know, I know...if the Air Force wanted me to have a family...
7/6/2010 11:17:12 AM ET I agree with Barry. After I retired I signed up for the the tricare retiree dental plan. I found out months later that as a federal employee United Concordia was a much better way to go. I had to wait several more months before I could switch over to the better and less expensive dental care.
DC in CA, CA
7/5/2010 7:18:31 PM ET I don't understand why military retirees can't use base dental clinics on a space-available basis. Nor why dental insurance is a separate entity from Tricare health insurance. Nobody has been able to explain to me why dental care is not related to one's health. My only conclusion is the dental industry wants it that way.
Mark J. Colby, Dudley NC
7/5/2010 9:43:27 AM ET The U.S. Government should be ashamed of itself for selling Tricare Dental Insurance to military retirees and their families. From personal experience I can attest that an aging retiree can get cheaper dental care by paying cash than he can get via this insurance.