TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) Basic and Enhanced
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) Basic and Enhanced plans offer comprehensive, cost-effective dental coverage for retired Service members and their eligible Family members, for unmarried surviving Spouses and Children, and for other select individuals. The TRDP is administered by the Federal Government Programs division of Delta Dental of California under contract with the U.S. Defense Today.
Beginning in January 2019, DFAS will provide IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former Spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2018. An IRS Form 1095 documents you (and your Family members, if applicable) have the minimum essential coverage. These forms will document the information that DFAS will provide to the IRS on yourself and your authorized Family members. The forms will be required to be reported with your 2018 federal tax return. DFAS will provide you with IRS Form 1095 series forms no later than 31 January 2019.
FEDVIP Dental Replacing the TRDP on January 1, 2019
TRDP is ending on December 31, 2018 and being replaced by the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). You will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll in FEDVIP dental during the 2018 Open Season to keep coverage. For more information, visit https://tricare.benefeds.com/
You don't need to take action yet. However, if you'd like dental and/or vision coverage next year, effective January 1, 2019, you must enroll during the next Federal Benefits Open Season:
November 12, 2018–December 10, 2018
Premium payment : Once you enroll in FEDVIP, we'll automatically set up an allotment with your pay provider to pay your premiums post-tax. In the event that you do not have enough available funds or allotments to cover the cost, we'll default your payment method to a recurring electronic funds transfer (EFT), which we refer to as an automatic bank withdrawal (ABW).
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.