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VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program

Note: St Cloud VA is getting several reports of people claiming to be Health Net representatives calling veterans at home and offering to conduct all of their health care in the community. "Just give me your social security number and we will schedule all of your care through Choice." It sounds like a call center in the background of the calls. We have had some veterans report that they were asked for credit card numbers too. The callers do not seem to know the veteran's medical history.

Health Net is not making these cold calls to veterans asking to proactively schedule all their needs in the community.

Be advised this is a potential scam. [Source St Cloud VAMC Barry E. Venable 10/18/2017]

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program was extended until Dec. 31, 2021, by the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016.

"It is important to provide this care to eligible veterans, especially those who need lower-cost insurance," said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. "VADIP underscores our commitment to support America's Veterans and their family members."

Veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) can enroll in the program beginning Nov. 15, for coverage to start Dec. 1.

VADIP offers eligible individuals the opportunity to purchase discounted dental insurance coverage, including diagnostic services, preventive services, endodontic and other restorative services, surgical services and emergency services.

Individuals who enroll in one of the dental insurance plans will pay the entire premium in addition to the full cost of any copayments. Enrollment is voluntary and does not affect eligibility for VA outpatient dental services and treatment.

The plans are available to eligible individuals in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Delta Dental and MetLife previously offered insurance plans as part of the three-year VADIP pilot program. Coverage under the VADIP pilot began Jan. 1, 2013, and more than 115,000 veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries enrolled in the program before it expired in January 2017. Individuals who enrolled in a plan during the pilot period must select and enroll in one of the new plans offered by Delta Dental or MetLife. While the insurance providers will remain the same, plan options, fees and other factors may have changed from those offered during the pilot. For more information, visit www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/vadip/ or call (877) 222-VETS (8387). [Source VA Press Release Sept. 28, 2017]

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at david.anderson@co.wadena.mn.us and as always have a great week.

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