Oct 22, 2019

Preferred Dentist Program FAQ


Why is AIChE changing our dental plan?

AIChE  periodically reviews its benefit plans to insure that we are providing the best options at a reasonable price to our members. MetLife is the leading group dental carrier and has worked with AIChE  to provide plan options designed to meet our members’ needs.

Can I keep my current dental plan?

No, your current plan is being discontinued. To continue with dental coverage through AIChE, you must select the  new MetLife PDP plan prior to August 1, 2014 to continue your dental coverage.

Who is a participating dentist?

A participating dentist is a general dentist or specialist who has agreed to accept negotiated fees as payment in full for services provided to plan members. Negotiated fees typically range from 15-45% below the average fees charged in a dentist’s community for the same or substantially similar services.*

* Based on internal analysis by MetLife. Savings from enrolling in a dental benefits plan will depend on various factors, including how often members visit participating dentists and the cost for services rendered. Negotiated fees are subject to change. Negotiated fees for non-covered services may not apply in all states.

How do I find a participating dentist?

There are thousands of general dentists and specialists to choose from nationwide — so you are sure to find one who meets your needs. You can receive a list of these participating dentists online at www.metlife.com/mybenefits or call 1-800-942-0854 to have a list faxed or mailed to you.

What services are covered by my plan?

All services defined under your group dental benefits plan are covered. Please review the plan details or your certificate of coverage.

Does the Preferred Dentist Program offer any discounts on non-covered services?

Negotiated fees may extend to services not covered under your plan and services received after your plan maximum has been met, where permitted by applicable state law. If permitted, you may only be responsible for the negotiated fee.

 * Negotiated fees are subject to change. Negotiated fees for non-covered services may not apply in all states.

May I choose a non-participating dentist?

Yes. You are always free to select the dentist of your choice. However, if you choose a non-participating dentist, your out-of-pocket costs may be higher. He or she hasn’t agreed to accept negotiated fees. So you may be responsible for any difference in cost between the dentist's fee and your plan's benefit payment.

Can my dentist apply for participation in the network?

Yes. If your current dentist does not participate in the network and you would like to encourage him or her to apply, ask your dentist to visit www.metdental.com, or call 1-866-PDP-NTWK for an application.* The website and phone number are for use by dental professionals only.

* Due to contractual requirements, MetLife is prevented from soliciting certain providers.

How are claims processed?

Dentists may submit your claims for you which means you have little or no paperwork. You can track your claims online and even receive e-mail alerts when a claim has been processed. If you need a claim form, visit www.metlife.com/mybenefits or request one by contacting your Plan Administrator.

Can I find out what my out-of-pocket expenses will be before receiving a service?

Yes. You can ask for a pretreatment estimate. Your general dentist or specialist usually sends MetLife a plan for your care and requests an estimate of benefits. The estimate helps you prepare for the cost of dental services. We recommend that you request a pre-treatment estimate for services in excess of $300. Simply have your dentist submit a request online at www.metdental.com or call 1-877-MET-DDS9. You and your dentist will receive a benefit estimate for most procedures while you are still in the office. Actual payments may vary depending upon plan maximums, deductibles, frequency limits and other conditions at time of payment.

How can I learn about what dentists in my area charge for different procedures?

If you have MyBenefits you can access the Dental Procedure Fee Tool. You can use the tool to look up average in- and out-of-network fees for dental services in your area.* You'll find fees for services such as exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and more. Just log in at www.metlife.com/mybenefits.

* The Dental Procedure Fee Tool application is provided by go2dental.com. Inc., an independent vendor. Network fee information is supplied to go2dental.com by MetLife and is not available for providers who participate with MetLife through a vendor. Out-of-network fee information is provided by go2dental.com. This tool does not provide the payment information used by MetLife when processing your claims. Prior to receiving services, pretreatment estimates through your dentist will provide the most accurate fee and payment information. 

Can MetLife help me find a dentist outside of the U.S. if I am traveling?

Yes. Through international dental travel assistance services* you can obtain a referral to a local dentist by calling +1-312-356-5970 (collect) when outside the U.S. to receive immediate care until you can see your dentist. Coverage will be considered under your out-of-network benefits. ** Please remember to hold on to all receipts to submit a dental claim.

*International Dental Travel Assistance services are administered by AXA Assistance USA, Inc. AXA Assistance is not affiliated with MetLife and any of its affiliates, and the services they provide are separate and apart from the benefits provided by MetLife.
** Refer to your dental benefits plan summary for your out-of-network dental coverage.

How does MetLife coordinate benefits with other insurance plans?

Coordination of benefits provision in dental benefits plans are a set of rules that are followed when a patient is covered by more than one dental benefits plan. These rules determine the order in which the plans will pay benefits. If the MetLife dental benefit plan is primary, MetLife will pay the full amount of benefits that would normally be available under the plan. If the MetLife dental benefit plan is secondary, most coordination of benefits provisions require MetLife to determine benefits after benefits have been determined under the primary plan. The amount of benefits payable by MetLife may be reduced due to the benefits paid under the primary plan.

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