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Feds to get more options in vision, dental plans

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Starting this January, federal employees and their families will have an expanded lineup of both vision and dental insurance plans to choose from, the Office of Personnel Management announced this afternoon.

The number of dental plans will increase from seven to 10, according to a news release, while the number of vision carriers will rise from three to four. The last time OPM opened up the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) to new entrants was 2006. Premium rates and coverage will be announced later this year before Open Season begins, acting Director Elaine Kaplan said in the release.

“I am pleased that we were able to increase the number of carriers participating in the program, and now we will be offering more choices and flexibility for enrollees. . . ,” Kaplan said in the release.

The new vision insurer is  Aetna; the three new dental carriers are  Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta Dental and Dominion Dental, OPM spokesman Joe Resnek said by phone. OPM made its selection yesterday after starting the application process in January. Here are the full lists of insurers (as of 2014) for both categories:

DENTAL                                                                            VISION

Aetna                                                                              Aetna

MetLife                                                                            Blue Cross Blue Shield

United Concordia                                                            VSP

GEHA                                                                               United Healthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Delta Dental

Triple S

Dominion Dental

Humana

Emblem Health

Comments

  1. grumpy Says:
    June 23rd, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    What’s the point? Try finding a doctor or dentist next year when Obamacare takes effect in full.

    Doctors are leaving the practice in droves and virtually every part of the country will see some instances of doctor shortages, especially rural areas.

    The irony of paying out the ying yang for health insurance as the premiums continue their double digit (and in extreme cases, triple digit) rate hikes is astounding.

  2. Kunia Says:
    June 24th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Most are leaving because of declining insurance payments. And insurance paperwork. And insurance bureaucracy. Talk about a jungle. Notice how you never stop getting bills from private insurance companies, after a visit or a procedure?

  3. puzzled Says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    What I would like for OPM and the Federal Government to address is the issue of higher health insurance premiums for small households. I need health insurance coverage for myself and my daughter and yet I am forced to pay the same health care premiums that a family of six pays for health insurance. Wht doesn’t the Federal Government have an option of self + one as they do for vision and dental premiums? I feel as though I am shouldering the financial burden of larger families for healthcare.

  4. puzzled Says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    What I would like for OPM and the Federal Government to address is the issue of higher health insurance premiums for small households. I need health insurance coverage for myself and my daughter and yet I am forced to pay the same health care premiums that a family of six pays for health insurance. Why doesn’t the Federal Government have an option of self + one as they do for vision and dental premiums? I feel as though I am shouldering the financial burden of larger families for healthcare.