Uniformed Services

Eligibility for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) has expanded to include certain retired uniformed service members, active duty family members, and survivors.

Eligible sponsors and certifying family members

The following uniformed service members and family members are considered sponsors or certifying family members and may enroll in FEDVIP, if eligible, and add eligible family members to their coverage. Exceptions may apply. Select an eligibility type below for more details.

A member or former member of the uniformed services entitled to retired, retainer, or equivalent pay and other benefits based on duty in the uniformed services or retired due to medical disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense: This includes Retired Reserve members who are age 60 and older and under age 60 (gray area reservists) not yet receiving retired pay.

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

A spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a retired uniformed service member or Retired Reserve member who meets one of the following dental exceptions:

  • the sponsor is receiving Veterans Affairs (VA) dental services
  • the sponsor has dental insurance through his or her employer that doesn't cover family members
  • the sponsor is unable to receive dental services due to a medical or dental condition

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan and add other eligible family members to your coverage, without the sponsor having to enroll.

Eligibility for Vision

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan.

However, if the sponsor is enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, he or she may enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan and add you and other eligible family members as dependents to his or her coverage.

An unremarried surviving spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a retired uniformed service member or Retired Reserve member:

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

A uniformed service member who is currently serving full-time in the uniformed services for more than 30 days:

Eligibility for Dental

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan.

A spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a uniformed service member who is currently serving full-time in the uniformed services for more than 30 days:

Eligibility for Dental

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

An unremarried surviving spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a service member who died while on active duty for more than 30 days:

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan as long as you are no longer eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) as a transitional survivor.

Surviving spouses: You are only eligible for TDP and considered a transitional survivor for the first three years after the sponsor's date of death. After that, you are eligible to enroll in FEDVIP, but in most cases, you may not add surviving children or dependents to your coverage (see below).

Surviving children and dependents: You are eligible for TDP and considered a transitional survivor until you become ineligible, for reasons such as turning 21 (non-student), turning 23 (full-time student), or getting married. These same events will also make a child or dependent ineligible for FEDVIP, so you may never be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

A uniformed service member who has received a U.S. Congressional medal, the highest U.S. military decoration:

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

However, if you are on active duty, then you are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

However, if you are on active duty, then you are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan.

An unremarried surviving spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a Medal of Honor recipient:

Eligibility for Dental

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan, and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

An unremarried former spouse who meets the U.S Department of Defense's 20-20-20 or 20-20-15 eligibility requirements: Visit TRICARE's website for detailed information on these requirements.

Eligibility for Dental

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan. You are only able to enroll yourself; you cannot add your other family members to your coverage.

A member of the National Guard or Reserve Component who is eligible for and enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS):

Eligibility for Dental

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

An unremarried surviving spouse, eligible child, or eligible dependent of a National Guard or Reserve Component member enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS):

Eligibility for Dental

You are not eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan.

Eligibility for Vision

You are eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, if you are enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), and add other eligible family members to your coverage.

However, according to the U.S. Department of Defense's eligibility requirements, as a transitional survivor, you are only eligible and may receive FEDVIP vision coverage for a maximum of six months from the sponsor's date of death.

Eligible family members

The following family members are typically enrolled in a FEDVIP dental and/or vision plan under the sponsor's or certifying family member's coverage as dependents.

A spouse of an eligible member of the uniformed services

A child of an eligible member of the uniformed services.

You must be:

  • under age 21 (non-student)
  • under age 23 (full-time student)*
  • incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity before age 21 (non-student) or age 23 (full-time student)**

A child's status as a student or incapable of self-support must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

A dependent of an eligible member of the uniformed services who is in legal custody of the sponsor for more than 12 months (including pre-adoptive children and eligible wards of state).

You must be:

  • under age 21 (non-student)
  • under age 23 (full-time student)*
  • incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity before age 21 (non-student) or age 23 (full-time student)**

A dependent's status as a student or incapable of self-support must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

*A full-time student is an unmarried child or dependent who is enrolled full-time at an accredited educational institution and whose sponsor is providing at least 50% of his or her financial support while enrolled. Children and dependents who are full-time students are eligible for FEDVIP coverage until their 23rd birthday or graduation (whichever is first).

**An unmarried child or dependent incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity before age 21 (non-student) or age 23 (full-time student) must be financially dependent on the sponsor for more than 50% of his or her support.