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Contract Extension Brings you DOUBLE Dental Coverage in 2012 at Boeing
So Take Advantage of the Additional $2,000 Coverage Effective July 1

If you have dental work that needs to be done but were hesitating because of the $1,750 annual limit, 2012 is the year to schedule that dental work. IN 2012, YOU BASICALLY GET TWO YEARS OF DENTAL BENEFITS IN ONE CALENDAR YEAR. Union negotiators want you to be aware so you can take full advantage of this double year of benefits.

When the contract extension was approved, it provided a full year of dental benefits ($1,750) for the first six months of 2012 for those in incentive dental, and then reset with a full year of the improved dental benefits ($2,000) for the new network dental effective July 1 through December 31.

In addition to the increased annual benefit limit that provides two years worth of benefits in 2012, other changes effective July 1 include:
* Incentive dental plan is replaced by new Network Dental plan effective July 1. There will be open enrollment May 21 to June 8 for those in prepaid who want to switch to the new Network Dental. If employee is currently in the incentive plan and wants to be enrolled in the network plan, no action is required.
* Class I services will be covered at 100% on July 1. Through June, these services are covered at 70 to 90 percent depending on the patient’s incentive payment level. Class 1 diagnostic and preventive services include x-rays, fissure sealants through age 14, up to two cleanings in a year, space maintainers and topical fluoride or preventive therapies twice a year.
* Class II services will increase to 80% on July 1. Through June, it is covered at 70%. Class II services include: Root canal treatment, oral surgery, periodontics, and restorative services like crowns.
* Class III services will increase to 60% on July 1. Through June, it is covered at 50%. Class III include services such as dentures.
* Network dental cleanings reduced to two per year (unless needed for periodontics).
* With the new $2,000 benefit, you must fulfill new deductible from July to December of $50/individual or $150/family.
* NO CHANGES TO PREPAID DENTAL PLAN. (NOTE: earlier posting erronenously reported a new $10 copay. Again, there are no changes to the prepaid plan).


If your dental care will be extensive, you may ask your dentist to submit a request for a pretreatment estimate, called a “predetermination of benefits.” This predetermination will allow you to know in advance what procedures are covered, the amount insurance will pay toward treatment and your financial responsibility.

Vision improvements also go into effective July 1, 2012 for those covered under the Traditional Medical Plan, or Selections Washington. Frame allowance increases to $90 from current $70 and contact lense allowance increases to $120 from $105.


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