How much does it cost?
It costs $11.95/month per family (single, couple or couple and minor children) and there is a one time non-refundable application fee of $20.
When can the plan be effective?
It can either be effective from the first of this month or the first of next month.
Can I buy it for 4 months up front?
No. You can either choose the monthly or annual option. If you have chosen the monthly option, after you purchase the plan, your credit card will automatically be charged $11.95 per month. If you no longer require the plan later, cancel it.
Instead of the combined dental/vision plan, can I just get the dental plan or the vision plan?
As the price for this plan is the same for the whole family, can I include my elderly parents and my family (myself, my wife and my 2 children) into one plan?
No. The definition of family in United States, at least for this purpose, is a person, his/her legally wedded spouse and their minor children under the age of 18.
The price for this plan is for the whole family. If I want to enroll just one person, can I get it for a cheaper price?
What are the eligibility requirements to purchase this plan? Who can purchase this plan?
Anyone that would like to utilize the services of the plan in the U.S. can purchase it. The person can be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), temporary visa holder such as H1/H4 visa, L1/L2 visa, student visa, tourist visa or any other visa.
What area of the U.S. is the plan valid? Can I use the plan if I am traveling to different states?
As long as you find the dentists in the network, you can use the plan anywhere in the U.S., except in Montana, Vermont and Washington. However, please note that the amount that you have to pay for services varies based on the provider location.
Is this an insurance plan or discount plan? What's the difference?
This is not an insurance plan, but a discount plan. If you are willing to go for the treatment within the provider network, this plan can work for you. Most insurance plans usually have a waiting period before you can get any major treatment done.
It is true that there are many discount plans out there. However, Careington dental/vision is an excellent discount plan that has been tried and tested several times by ourselves and it works very effectively.
You may want to consider buying dental insurance if you would absolutely like to go to the dentist that is not in the network or if there are no providers (or not enough providers) in the area you live.
Using the Plan
When can I use the services or discounts of the plan?
After you join the plan, it takes 7 to 10 business days for you to get the cards in the mail and for the company to set you up in their system so the provider can see your name in their database to provide you appropriate savings.
Before I get the cards in the mail, can I print the cards online?
No, you can only receive them by regular mail.
Can you expedite mailing me the cards if I pay extra money for a courier?
No, you can only receive them by regular mail.
Before the cards come in the mail, can I pay for the treatment myself and then file for a claim for reimbursement?
No. The card must be used at the time of service in order to get any discounts. There are no claim forms. This is not insurance, but a discount plan.
Can I go to any dentist? I would like to go to my favorite dentist I have been using for years.
In order to get any discounts through this plan, you must visit the providers in the network. Please look at the network to find the providers in the network. If you go to the providers outside the network, there are no discounts.
What is included?
For dental, please look at the schedule. After you select your state, you will see a schedule with 3 columns. For all the procedures listed in the middle column, next to that on the right side column is the amount you must pay for that procedure. You don't have to pay any amount beyond that or have to worry about any claims or reimbursement. Please note that during the same visit, there may be multiple services performed by the provider and therefore, multiple amounts may apply. Also note that only the provider can tell you what procedures are required for the particular treatment and can give the estimate for your portion.
For vision, please look at the schedule. For all the procedures listed in the first column, next to that on the right side column is the amount you must pay for that procedure.
Is anyone accepted?
Yes. You can utilize all the services listed in the schedule of services as soon as you get your cards in the mail.
Is there any limits on use?
No. You can utilize all the services listed in the schedule of services as much as you like as soon as you get your cards in the mail.
Is there any waiting period?
No. You can utilize all the services listed in the schedule of services as soon as you get your cards in the mail.
My portion of the cost for some of the procedures are quite high. E.g. I have to pay around $300 to $400 for root canal. Do you have any other plan where I have to pay less money? How much is the plan saving me anyway?
This plan can save you 20%-50% reduction on a specialist's normal fees.
How do I cancel the membership?
Please send an email to lecnac and indicate the name of the member(s) and state that you would like to cancel the Careington dental/vision plan. Please note you can cancel your plan at any time during the first 30 days and receive a full refund less the processing fee. Plan memberships can be cancelled at any time after 30 days but you will not receive a pro-rata refund.
I am buying this dental plan in addition to the medical insurance. I am buying for my visiting parents for 3 months. I am charged up front for all 3 months for medical insurance. Why can't you charge for 3 months up front for the dental plan also? If not, why don't you automatically cancel my dental plan after 3 months as you already know that I need it only for 3 months and not for a longer duration?
We are insurance brokers and work with several different companies to provide you with the products that suit your need. Each company is different and each product from a given company is independent of anything else that you purchase from us with another company.
Careington dental/vision plan is not meant just for short term visitors to the United States. It is meant for everyone in the United States and most people keep it for a long time, for many years. Therefore, Careington automatically charges either monthly or yearly, depending upon the option you choose.
We are not authorized to automatically cancel your dental/vision plan. We need your written authorization (preferably via email) when you would like to get your plan cancelled.
I was not aware that I would be charged automatically on a monthly basis and my parents have already left the U.S. 2 months ago. Is it possible for me to get the refund retroactively?
If you intended to keep the dental/vision plan for more than 1 month, lets say for 3 months, you would know right away (and also by looking at your credit card charges) that you were not charged up front for 3 months. That would give you enough indication for monthly recurring charge, even if you didn't read all the information while purchasing the plan or we didn't discuss this particular aspect (even though we try our best to educate our callers in detail). In this case, you would see a charge on your credit card in the second and the third month. That gives you enough information that if you don't need it any longer, you need to get it cancelled.
Unfortunately, under any circumstances, you can not get a refund retroactively. You will not be charged further after you send us an email to cancel the plan.
DISCLOSURE: THIS PLAN IS NOT INSURANCE and is not intended to replace health insurance. This plan does not meet the minimum creditable coverage requirements under M.G.L. c. 111M and 956 CMR 5.00. This plan is not a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act. THIS IS NOT A MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN.*
The plan provides discounts at certain health care providers for medical services. The range of discounts will vary depending on the type of provider and service. The plan does not make payments directly to the providers of medical services. Plan members are obligated to pay for all health care services but will receive a discount from those health care providers who have contracted with the discount medical plan organization. You may access a list of participating health care providers.
Upon request the plan will make available a written list of participating health care providers. You have the right to cancel within the first 30 days after receipt of membership materials and receive a full refund, less a nominal processing fee (nominal fee for MD residents is $5). Discount Medical Plan Organization and administrator: Careington International Corporation, 7400 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034; phone 800-441-0380.
The plan and its administrators have no liability for providing or guaranteeing service by providers or the quality of service rendered by providers.
*Medicare statement applies to MD residents when pharmacy discounts are part of plan.