Don't be left out. New dental and vision insurance policies for veterans.

Elizabeth Howe
November 16, 2018 - 2:12 pm

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Insurance can be confusing, but Candice Sanchez and Sarah Marbach from Aetna want to make sure you have the dental and vision insurance that best fits your needs — especially in the midst of some exciting changes!

"The exciting change for veterans this year is that FEDVIP is now available to military retirees as well as family members of active duty military," said Sanchez, executive director of federal plans for Aetna. "So they can choose a dental and vision plan from FEDVIP for the first time starting this November."

This means that veterans now have more options for dental and vision insurance. It also means that any veteran currently covered under the TRICARE retiree dental program needs to select a new plan under FEDVIP, or the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program this enrollment season which opened on Monday.

Aetna has been working with FEDVIP since 2007 and offers a range of programs to best fit your personal needs. 

"There are a lot of programs available through FEDVIP which is great because they can make choices and choose plans that are best for them," said Sanchez. "There are ten different dental plans and four different vision plans — and many of them have a high and basic option, so it's really important to look at your options and know what you're buying."

And any program that's a part of FEDVIP has been vetted, so veterans can be confident that they will receive the care they need. 

"Any program that veterans find in this program is going to be top of the line," said Marbach, business strategies and communications manager. "They're going to get great coverage. When it comes to a provider like Aetna, there are some things that we offer that some other plans might not like international coverage."

Marbach and Sanchez's top tip for veterans looking for health insurance?

"We really think it's important for people to know how the plan works, what's going to work best for them, and really what they're buying. You need to make an informed decision."

Visit and to view resources, chat with an expert, schedule an appointment with Sanchez or Marbach, and find the best insurance policy for your needs.

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