June 2, 2015
Local Employers: Dental Changes for 2016, Your Input Needed
Local employers participating in the Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program (WPE): Expect future changes to the administration of the dental benefits for state and local employees for 2016. The structure of the dental program for local employers participating in the Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program (WPE) is being evaluated at this time, with your help.
Please respond to this survey for local employers by Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Currently, dental benefits are offered through participating health plans. For 2016, dental benefits will be offered as a stand-alone, self-insured benefit through a third party administrator. Delta Dental of Wisconsin (Delta) will administer the benefit, which will offer a statewide network of providers. Negotiations with Delta and a final contract are pending.
For 2016, state employees will be able to choose whether they would like dental coverage. That is, if an employee elects medical through the state employee program, they can also elect dental. For example, employees would choose “Dean with Dental” or “Dean without Dental.” Note: dental coverage cannot be elected without medical coverage. State employees will pay an additional premium for dental coverage. The dental benefit for 2016 is expected to look very similar to the 2015 Uniform Dental Benefit, with any changes being relatively minor.
For details on the stand-alone dental plan, please refer to the memo presented to the Group Insurance Board.