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It is important that you discuss your treatment plan and charges with your dentist prior to starting any work. Be aware that the Fund does not recommend or endorse any dentists. You should exercise the same care and apply the same criteria in selecting a participating dentist that you would when selecting a non-participating dentist.
The UFT Welfare Fund Participating Dentist Program is designed to provide you with comprehensive dental services while reducing or eliminating your out-of-pocket expenses.
If you or a member of your family who is covered for dental benefits wish to use a Participating Dentist, select one from the Directory of Participating Dentists and call for an appointment. You can also search for a participating dentist on this website. Be sure to identify yourself as an eligible member of the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund and confirm that the dentist is a UFT/SIDS Participating Dentist. Be aware that although several dentists practice at the same location, only the dentist whose name appears in this Directory is a UFT Participating Dentist.
This program was developed in cooperation with SIDS Consultants, who monitor the performance of participating providers to ensure that appointments are freely given and honored and that charges for services do not exceed Maximum Charges listed in the UFT Welfare Fund Dental Schedule.
When you obtain your services from a Participating Dentist it does not in any way change the nature of your dental plan. Plan coverage and allowances are the same for services provided by a participating or non-participating dentist. If you use a non-participating dentist, the Fund will pay up to the maximum allowance set forth in the dental schedule and you will be responsible for the difference between that allowance and your dentist’s charge.
If you use a Participating Dentist, the Fund will pay your dentist directly and you will not be required to pay the dentist any money except in the following few instances.
For a covered, but non-reimbursable service.
There are services listed in the dental schedule, which, at times, are not payable by the plan. For example: restorations for cosmetic improvement; services for which the Alternate Benefit Provision is applied; where frequency limitations and/or plan maximums have been met. In these instances the Participating Dentist may not charge more than the Dental Schedule would have paid for those services, plus any applicable co-payments.
For a specified co-payment.
You are responsible to pay the dentist the patient co-payment amount listed in the Dental Schedule for certain high-cost services (crowns, bridges, dentures, root therapy, orthodontic treatment, intravenous anesthesia and treatment appliances).
For a non-covered service.
The Participating Dentist may not charge you more than his/her usual and customary charge for services that are not covered by the Dental Plan.
For Dental Implants: The surgical placement of an implant is not a covered expense. However, participating dentists have agreed to limit their charge for the placement of an implant to $1,200. Refer to the UFT Welfare Fund Dental Schedule Item 14: UFT Discount On Non-Covered Service.
The restoration or prosthesis placed on an implant is not covered. However, the plan will provide a Special Reimbursement to offset part of the cost for that service. Refer to the Dental Schedule Item 15: Special Reimbursement.
Your dental plan applies certain payment limitations based on frequency. For example, the plan will not pay for more than one oral examination in a six month period, or more than one prophylaxis in a three month period. Since it is not possible to determine in advance whether benefits will be available for these services, the dentist is entitled to request payment from you pending submission and adjudication of claim. If benefits are available, that money will be refunded.
If you are eligible for dental benefits under another group dental plan in addition to the UFT Welfare Fund Dental Plan, the dentist is entitled to the benefits available from both plans. The combined payment for any procedure may not exceed the dentist’s usual and customary fee, and payment from the second plan will be applied first to reduce or eliminate any out-of-pocket expenses.
It is important to understand that neither SIDS nor the UFT Welfare Fund recommends any particular dentist. You are responsible to select the dentist of your choice, and should exercise the same care and apply the same criteria in selecting a Participating Dentist that you would in selecting a non-participating dentist.
Maintaining high standards of care and patient satisfaction is fundamental to the success of this program. To help in this regard, we ask for your input.
The Direct Access Plan is organized exclusively for UFT member and their eligible dependents who are not currently eligible for Welfare Fund benefits. It is designed to provide access to quality dental care for members and their families at a lower cost.
Family members of UFT members who are not covered for dental benefits by the UFT Welfare Fund may enroll as Individual or Family Subscribers. Family subscriptions include a spouse or domestic partner, and dependent children up to age 26. This plan may be used as an alternative to COBRA for dependent children beyond age 26.
There are more than 700 UFT Participating Dentists located throughout the Metropolitan area. These general practice dentists and dental specialists have agreed to limit their charges to the Direct Access Plan Schedule. Since average dentist charges are generally considerably higher, this represent a substantial reduction in dental expenses for you and your family.
You are free to choose any participating general or specialist dentist who will provide you with a detailed statement of charges which will be limited to the UFT Maximum Charge. You pay the dentist directly. Should there be a discrepency, forward your charges to SIDS for review and SIDS will contact the dentist.
The cost of an idividual Subscription is $36 annually; Family Subscriptions cost $48. You may purchase a Family Subscription covering yourself, your spouse or domestic partner and dependant children up to age 26. Children over the age of 26 and family members may also purchase an Individual Subscription or Family Subscription.