State of Texas Dental Discount Plan ending

State of Texas Dental Discount Plan ending

July 3, 2019

Check the Discount Purchase Program for discount dental plans

Effective September 1, 2019, the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) will no longer offer the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM, administered by Careington International Corporation.

Why is this change happening?

The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is a discount-only dental program and not an insurance plan.  Because the GBP is for insurance plans, the discount dental program is no longer available through the GBP.

The GBP continues to offer two dental insurance plans: Both plans will be administered by Delta Dental beginning September 1.

Will there still be a State of Texas Dental Discount Plan?

No. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan will no longer exist on September 1, 2019.
NOTE: Unless you make a change during Summer Enrollment, your GBP dental coverage will be waived.

If I still want a dental discount plan, where can I get one?

If you are interested in a dental discount plan, the Discount Purchase Program is one possible source. The Discount Purchase Program is an online marketplace administered by a company called Beneplace. The Discount Purchase Program offers discounts on a variety of products and services.

The benefits of offering dental discount plans through the Discount Purchase Program include:
  • the ability to enroll in or drop out of the plan at any time of the year, without waiting for Summer Enrollment or a qualifying life event (QLE) and
  • the opportunity to enroll your family members without enrolling yourself.
At least one dental discount plan will be available through the Discount Purchase Program beginning September 1. Dental discount plan premiums and other aspects may differ from those currently in place with the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan, and premium deduction from payroll or annuity is not available. 
NOTE: Dental discount plans may also be available in the open marketplace and from other organizations, such as trade associations and other groups. 

If I am currently enrolled in the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan, do I need to enroll during Summer Enrollment if I want dental insurance?

Active employees and retirees not enrolled in Medicare can sign up for the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan PPO or the DeltaCare USA DHMO during their Summer Enrollment phase. (They can also enroll during the plan year with a QLE.)

Please see “Contact Delta Dental with questions about your Plan Year 2020 dental benefits” in this newsletter for more information.

If you want to enroll in a dental discount plan through the Discount Purchase Program, you can do that beginning September 1.