The Office of Personnel Management reminded military families and retirees that they will need to go through the federal benefits open season in the fall to enroll for coverage under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) as a replacement to TRICARE.
OPM said in a blog post:
Many military retirees and their families currently use the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) which is ending on December 31, 2018. For 2019, most TRICARE retirees and their families can enroll in FEDVIP for dental coverage, vision coverage, or both. Also new for 2019–many active duty military families may enroll in FEDVIP vision coverage. Military families and retirees who enroll in FEDVIP this fall will be able to choose from ten dental carriers and four vision carriers, selecting the plan that best meets their family’s needs.
This will be the first year military families and retirees participate in the Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs November 12 through December 10, 2018. To prepare, we’re inviting them to visit TRICARE.benefeds.com and learn more about FEDVIP. The FEDVIP team will ensure that new information is posted to this site as soon as it becomes available, plus send reminders to those who register on the site.
OPM had announced back in March that FEDVIP would be offered for the first time to TRICARE eligible retirees and their families during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season.
2019 FEDVIP plan rates will be available in the fall, and the federal benefits open season will run from November 12–December 10, 2018 this year. The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program will come to an end on December 31, 2018.