by Col. Margaret H. Woodward
Q: Is it true that the base dental clinic is only for active duty?
A: The 6th Dental Squadron and all stateside dental clinics are active duty only clinics except for very defined, specific instances. Care for dependents is accomplished through the TRICARE Dental Program and managed by United Concordia. All active duty members should enroll their families in this plan to cover routine and emergent care with their choice of 208 dentists supporting the plan in the Tampa Bay area.
Although the 6th DS is an active duty clinic, it does have a responsibility to alleviate pain, stop bleeding and neutralize other life-threatening situations. This emergent care scenario includes family members, retirees and civilians. However, civilians will be billed for the care.
You can enroll in the TRICARE Dental Plan online at http://www.ucci.com/was/ucciweb/tdp/tdp.jsp. For any questions, please contact the UCCI at 800-332-0366 or the 6th Dental Squadron at 827-9556.