Starting September 1, Delta Dental will manage both the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan preferred provider organization (PPO) and the dental HMO offered through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP). That means there will be a new dental insurance website and a different provider network effective September 1.
Check out the new website at www.ersdentalplans.com. The website includes the Delta Dental online provider search. To look for a dentist on the site:
- Choose the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan or the DeltaCare, USA DHMO.
- Enter your information under your plan.
- Click “Search.”
Delta Dental already has the largest network of dentists in Texas and is working to ensure that as many dentists as possible in the current networks (managed by HumanaDental) are in their networks. If you are in the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan, you will need to choose from two networks. You will pay less if you choose a dentist in the PPO network. You will pay a little more if you choose a dentist in the Premier network.
If your dentist is not part of a Delta Dental network, you can nominate him or her. To nominate your dentist, go to the new website, click on “Nominate a provider” and follow the prompts. Once Delta Dental gets your request, they will ask the dentist if he or she would like to be part of the network.
The new dental insurance website will be adding more information as we get closer to Summer Enrollment and the September 1 start of Plan Year 2020.
- Check back in June for information on Plan Year 2020 dental benefits and the transition to Delta Dental.
- Visit the site again in August for even more information about what the change to Delta Dental.
In addition, the Delta Dental call center will be available beginning June 24. Continue to contact HumanaDental through August 31, 2019 if you have questions about your current dental insurance benefits.
Source: ERS Coordinators Update Express (May 2019)
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