Health Buzz: Dental Coverage Changes Coming

HealthBuzzHere’s some news that should make you smile: Newly negotiated dental benefits for those covered by the state employee health benefit will go into effect in January.

First, the maximum per-person amount the plan will pay each year increases to $2,000. This is an increase of $500 from the current per-person maximum.

The other dental coverage change worth noting relates to fillings/restorations. The plan currently covers resin (white) restorations only for the front teeth; for back teeth, the plan only covers amalgam (silver) restorations. Starting next year, the plan will allow for those nice, white restorations in any tooth.

Do you have other health benefit questions? Send them to Chris Porter at cporter@seiu1984.org and put “Ask Chris” in the subject line. Chris is our Compensation and Benefit Research Specialist who will advocate for members experiencing challenges with their contracted medical benefits. We’ll post answers to commonly posed questions in this column.

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