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MetLife TRICARE Dental Premium Changes


This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.

As a retired service member of the US Army there has only been one Dental program that I've been enrolled in. For as long as I remember, me and my family has had TRICARE as not just our medical, but also our dental care plan. If there's one thing that I take really seriously is our dental care. I have kids that I have to remind to brush their teeth, and I'm not talking about Madison who just turned 4. I'm talking about the older kids who are now 11 and 15. Last year I have had to do fillings because there were cavities and I'm also looking at getting braces for Mikael now 11 because he refused for a very long time to stop sucking his thumb. Yes, if you have a thumb sucker, that's one of the thing you might be looking into yourself. Having MetLife TRICARE Dental has saved me lots of money. Do you know the cost of just going to the dentist without a dental plan? Let me tell you it is not cheap. However our premiums have been relatively affordable and as of February 1, 2016 there will be some changes to our premiums which is what I'm going to be sharing with you today.


If you're a member of the military you may know that the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) premiums vary based upon the sponsor’s military status (Active Duty, Selected Reserve (SELRES) or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)) and the type of enrollment.

  • Sponsor only
  • Single enrollment – one family member, not sponsor
  • Family enrollment – more than one family member, not sponsor
  • Sponsor and family

Here are the changes that you can look forward to. While the increase is not significant please budget accordingly.

Effective Date of Coverage
If initial payment is received by the 20th of the month, coverage will be processed for the first day of the month following the date of receipt.  If the initial premiums payment is received after the 20th of the month, coverage will be processed for the first day of the second month after receipt of the documents.

Initial Payment
Your sponsor is required to submit their first monthly premium payment upon initial enrollment:
If they enroll over the phone or online, they can pay the first premium payment with a credit card.
If they enroll through the mail, they can pay with a check or money order.  Please include your sponsor's Social Security number or DoD Benefits Number in the memo area.

There are 4 easy ways to enroll!

1. Online visit www.tricare.mil/bwe
2. Call 1-855-638-8371 CONUS, 1-855-638-8372 OCONUS, or 1-855-638-8373 TDD/TTY
3. Fax a completed Enrollment Authorization document (found on www.tricare.mil/tdp) to 1-855-763-1337
4. Mail a completed Enrollment Authorization document to MetLife TRICARE Dental Program, P.O. Box 14185 Lexington, KY 40512

For additional program information, visit www.metlife.com/tricare


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Annmarie John
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  1. I hope everything runs smoothly for everyone! Having dental is such an important thing we all need.

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    1. It's something we all should have but unfortunately not everyone can afford it.

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  2. Sheesh, that's cheap! We pay way more ($290/month for a family) for dental care here in Canada and still have to pay out of pocket! I am glad that they have something available for those who served in the military!

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    1. Wow $290 sure is a lot for a family and I'm eternally grateful that Tricare Dental is affordable for those of us who have served.

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  3. Being in Canada we have our issues with the price of dental care as well. If you don't have insurance it is almost impossible to find a reasonable dentist anywhere.

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    1. It is really the same here in the US and unfortunately not everyone can afford it.

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  4. Good dental care is so important and can be ignored so easily because of the expense. I'm glad to know there is a reasonable program out there for out military families!

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    1. That's the one good thing that I'm grateful for. Not only are the rates reasonable but without them I'm not sure how most military family would be able to afford dental care. Dental care is very expensive even if you only see the dentist twice a year.

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  5. We have the plan the government gives us and it's a pretty good one. We're happy with it.

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    1. That's great. Good to know that you're happy with your plan.

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  6. Dental care is just as important as health care in my book. It's so important to have good dental hygiene and care if something isn't right. It makes all the difference for anyone who suffers from dental decay, gum disease or even worse, cancer.

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    1. I do agree that they do go hand in hand it's good to have them both.

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  7. Finding great dental coverage that is beneficial for the whole family is really important especially when you are a family of 6. Its wonderful that military families can get the coverage they need without all of the hassle.

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    1. It truly is and the payments are so much less than what most people pay.

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  8. Great dental care is very important and can be overlooked! So important to take care of it! The plan sounds great!

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    1. You are so right, it is very important and it's something that everyone should have.

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  9. Dental care can be so expensive! I'm glad that military families have this affordable option!

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    1. It is very expensive which is why a lot of people don't have it. It is great to have an affordable option.

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  10. A good dental plan that is affordable and covers a lot is so hard to find. This one looks fantastic.

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    1. It is great and a very great option for military families.

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  11. It's definitely good to be informed about upcoming changes. We had our cleanings about six months ago. We're about ready to go again.

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    1. That's the thing Rosey. A lot of people may not know about the changes to their plan so when they see the increase they may not know. It is good to know beforehand.

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  12. I am so very thankful that our family has good dental. Until this year, we actually carried 2 dental plans. Having 2 teenagers, one who may need braces, it gets so expensive. Thank you for your service, Annmarie!

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    1. Oh I know how expensive it can get with a kid who needs braces. I actually have to get my son's braces and even with the deductible it's expensive but has to be done. And btw you're welcome. :)

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  13. This is great information and I will keep it in mind when I hear about people who need this. Excellent detail and informative.

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    1. Thank you Athena but they'll have to either be military or former military since the Metlife Tricare Dental Plan is for those who have served and are serving in the armed forces.

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  14. You shared a lot of detailed information about this dental program that will benefit members greatly. It is wonderful to have some much information in one place in an easy to understand format.

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    1. Thank you Janeanne and I hope that those who need it will find it and read it. I hate being surprised.

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