The 2018 premium rates for the WELS VEBA Dental benefits through Delta Dental are now available on the Dental rates page. The 2018 Delta Dental plan rates will increase by 13% over the current 2017 rates. The main driver of the increase is higher-than-expected utilization of covered dental services by Delta Dental plan members.
A new benefit will be added to the Delta Dental plan effective January 1, 2018. With the “CheckUp Plus” benefit, covered diagnostic and preventive care services (such as routine exams and cleanings) will not apply to each member’s annual maximum dental benefit. This benefit extends the $1,000 per member annual maximum dental benefit, leaving a greater benefit available for members who need more significant dental services.
Eligible workers will have an open enrollment opportunity for 2018 Delta Dental plan coverage during the WELS VEBA limited open enrollment period that will be held during the month of November, 2017. Information will be mailed to eligible workers by the end of October.