Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) has partnered with Texas-based Careington International Corporation to offer a first-of-its-kind dental discount plan option to State of Texas employees, retirees and their dependents, effective September 1, 2014.
The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM is an affordable, new dental discount program designed to help plan participants significantly reduce dental costs. The dental discount plan is not dental insurance. It's a discount program that will help plan participants save from 20% to 60% on routine, preventive, specialty, and even cosmetic dental services.
Under the plan, Careington network dentists have agreed to accept a discounted fee from participants for dental treatment. Features of the plan include affordable monthly rates, no waiting to use the plan and unlimited use, significant savings on care, and access to general dentists and specialists across Texas and throughout the U.S. To use the plan, participants will simply schedule an appointment with a participating dentist, show their ID to office staff, and pay a reduced fee for dental treatment at the point of service.
The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan website will be launched today at www.txdentaldiscount.com. Enrollment will be included in the ERS Annual Enrollment which starts June 30 and ends August 1. Plan participants may begin using the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan on September 1.
"We are excited about the launch of the website and ready to be an active part of the Annual Enrollment process. " Careington CEO Barbara Williams said, "Careington is truly honored to be selected by the State of Texas to offer this valuable dental savings option to State of Texas employees and their families. Careington has helped millions of consumers save on dental care for more than 30 years, and it is with great pride that we are able to work with ERS to deliver this affordable option to program members across our home state. Our entire company is motivated to help State of Texas Dental Discount Plan members access affordable dental care, experience superior service, and save money. "
Careington was awarded the third-party administrator contract by the ERS Board of Trustees in December 2013 for a four-year term beginning September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2018. Previously, the GBP has not included a dental discount plan among its offerings.
Please visit www.txdentaldiscount.com to learn more.
ERS is a service-oriented trust agency established in 1947 by the constitution and laws of the State of Texas providing retirement and other benefit programs for state employees, retirees and their dependents. ERS administers retirement, health and other insurance benefits, TexFlex, a tax-savings flexible benefit program and 401(k) and 457 investment accounts as part of the Texa$aver Program. We also manage and invest the ERS Trust for the sole benefit of retirement system members. For more information, visit www.ers.state.tx.us.
THIS PLAN IS NOT INSURANCE and is not intended to replace health insurance. This plan does not meet the minimum creditable coverage requirements under M.G.L. c.111M and 956 CMR 5.00. This plan is not a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act. This is not a Medicare prescription drug plan. The range of discounts will vary depending on the type of provider and service. The plan does not pay providers directly. Plan members must pay for all services but will receive a discount from participating providers. The list of participating providers is at www.careington.com. A written list of participating providers is available upon request. You may cancel within the first 30 days after effective date or receipt of membership materials (whichever is later) and receive a full refund, less a nominal processing fee (nominal fee for MD residents is $5, AR and TN residents will be refunded processing fee). Discount Plan Organization and administrator: Careington International Corporation, 7400 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034; phone 800-441-0380.
This plan is not available in Vermont or Washington.