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Spring is on its way out and summer is heating up! The end of the school year and the start of wedding season remind us that life goes through many phases. We are here to help explain dental coverage options for various life transitions.
Marriage and coverage changes
Marriage is considered a “qualifying life event.” After a qualifying life event, you can change your dental plan within a specified amount of time. If requested changes are not made in time, you may have to wait for open enrollment. Be sure to check your dental coverage to see when the adjustment will occur.
You have a few options within the qualifying life event period for changing coverage. You can:
If one party does become a dependent, they have the option to keep their current coverage or discontinue it. If coverage is maintained for both plans, you have what is known as “dual coverage,” and your plan would be considered the “primary” plan. The primary plan will pay its portion first, and the new secondary plan will act as a supplement.
Depending on what you choose, you may need to make a coverage update by contacting the HR departments of both spouses to request the change. If you don’t receive coverage through an employer, you can reach out directly to your dental plan provider. Knowing your options ahead of time can take some stress off your plate as you prepare for the big day.
Graduating and ongoing higher education
Another significant milestone for some is attending higher education or graduating from college, which may mean moving to a new state. In terms of plan coverage, there are two primary options for those under 26 years of age.
Coverage after graduating college.
Talk with any potential employer about their benefit plan offerings. If you are under 26, you may continue to enroll in your parents’ plan. However, you may enroll in an employer’s group plan, regardless of age. Talk with your parents and employer about your personal needs and discuss what is best for you for plan coverage. If your employer does not offer dental benefits, you can also enroll in a dental plan directly with a carrier.
If you need dental coverage, TruAssure offers a variety of comprehensive dental plans for individuals and families, which include options like three cleanings per year, white fillings on all teeth, teeth whitening, implants, orthodontia and more. Enroll in a TruAssure dental plan today.
Need a dentist near home, work or your kids' school? With one of the largest networks in the country, we make it easy to find a dentist who fits your location and your schedule.
* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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