AlaskaCare Retiree Dental-Vision-Audio Plan

More dental benefit options are headed your way! Effective January 1, 2020, AlaskaCare retiree Dental-Vision-Audio (DVA) plan members will have a choice between the current plan (the standard plan) and the dental plan that was in place prior to 2014 (the legacy plan). You can choose the plan that works best for you and your family.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You don’t need to do anything today.
  • Eligible AlaskaCare retirees will have a choice between two dental plans effective January 1, 2020.
  • In October 2019, the Division will provide more information, including plan benefit and premium comparison charts.
  • In November 2019, eligible AlaskaCare retirees can make DVA plan selections during the first annual open enrollment period.
  • Vision and audio benefits are not affected.

You may have heard about a current lawsuit related to this plan. In 2014, in an effort to protect members from rising premiums and to preserve the value of the benefits, the Division updated the dental portion of the DVA plan to align with best dental practices and reduce the cost of services through an expanded dental network. This sought to preserve the plan’s value while maintaining members’ access to care and averting premium increases.

In January 2016, a lawsuit was filed contesting the Division’s efforts. In April 2019, the Alaska Superior Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The State is appealing the decision but will offer members two dental plan options to reduce uncertainty caused by ongoing litigation and to comply with the Court’s order.

The Division of Retirement and Benefits is dedicated to providing affordable, valuable, and sustainable dental benefits to retirees. The AlaskaCare retiree Dental-Vision-Audio plan is fully funded by members’ monthly premium payments, and the Division works hard to maximize the benefits members receive while keeping premiums affordable.

We will update this page with more details over the coming months—keep checking back for more information!

You can also contact the Division toll-free at (800) 821-2251, in Juneau at (907) 465-4460, or by email at doa.drb.benefits@alaska.gov.

Have questions? We may have answered them already. Check out the FAQs below!

Retiree DVA Plan FAQs

For more information regarding DVA plans, please contact:

  • Dental: Moda/Delta Dental of Alaska (855) 718-1768
  • Vision and Audio: Aetna Concierge (855) 784-8646

AlaskaCare Town Hall Meetings

Please join us for special Town Hall Events on the new Retiree Dental, Vision and Audio (DVA) Plans.

State of Alaska Intends to Award Dental Third-Party Administrator Services to Delta Dental of Alaska (Moda)

The Department of Administration hires contractors, or Third-Party Administrators, to provide dental benefit administrative services. You can find more information about this contract here.

  • These services are currently provided by Delta Dental of Alaska (MODA).
  • The new Delta Dental of Alaska contract will take effect January 1, 2020.
  • The contract was competitively bid via a Request for Proposals issued in October 2018.
  • The contract is for an initial 5-year term with an additional 5-year optional renewal period.

AlaskaCare Retiree Dental-Vision-Audio Premiums