Friday, April 21, 2017

Paying your Tricare Dental Bill with a Credit Card

Starting May 1st, Tricare is switching my family Dental Plan from Metlife to Concordia.

This post goes over how to switch your Tricare Dental Bill over to your credit card so you can get credit card rewards points instead of having the payment deducted straight from your paycheck.

First lets briefly go over what the Tricare Dental Plan is about:

  • As an active duty military member, the military gives me free dental coverage that includes basically everything I would need to get done
  • For your Family/Dependents, you can purchase the Tricare Dental Program for a minimal monthly fee (Single-$11.10/month,  Entire Family-$28.87/month). See table below for full details.



This provides free yearly checkups, and discounts on all dental procedures (see costs here)

The payments are normally automatically deducted from your LES.


Here are the steps to switching it over to your credit card
Step 1 - Visit the United Concordia Website and log in ---> LINK
Step 2 - Update "My Preferences"
Step 3 - Click on "Manage my Billing Preferences"
Step 4 - A new window should open up (see pic below). You may have to enable "pop up boxes"

Step 5 - Click the payment tab. Then on the bottom right you should see a box that says "add". Click the "add" Box
Step 6 - Click on the tab "Payment Method List"
Step 7 - Click on the add button under the credit card section
Step 8 - Enter in all your credit card info
Step 9 - Go to the "Recurrent Payment List" tab
Step 10 - Click Add. Select the credit card you just entered. Change setting to "ongoing" or until a certain date
Step 11 - Done

Example
Family Plan would be $28.87/month = $345year. You put this on your USAA's new 2.5% cash back credit card and that's an extra $9 bucks a year. Not much but it takes like 5 minutes to set up. I'm going to be in the military at least 7 more years so that's an extra $60 in credit card reward points for logging in and changing my information. 

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