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Delta Dental of California's DeltaCare® USA Option (for non-SHIP members)

Note: Dental coverage is included as part of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). All UC Berkeley students enrolled in UC SHIP automatically receive dental benefits covering preventive and general restorative dental care. Students may choose from an extensive number of local dentists. For more information, click here.

What is DeltaCare® USA? For students who waive SHIP, University Health Services provides information about a dental insurance program called DeltaCare® USA. DeltaCare® USA provides comprehensive coverage for dental services with an emphasis on preventive care. Covered services include check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, oral surgery, and periodontics. DeltaCare® USA is provided by Delta Dental of California.

This voluntary dental plan is available to all Cal students, affiliates of UC Berkeley, and dependents. DeltaCare® USA is optional and is not managed by the Student Health Insurance Office. For more detailed information on this program, please call DeltaCare USA (Delta Dental of California) directly at 800-422-4234 or visit their web site.

DeltaCare® USA features DeltaCare® USA-Delta Dental of California's -prepaid dental program-offers:
  • Choice of two plan options (CAA54 OR CAA55) (see plan flyer)
  • Affordable annual premiums averaging less than $8 per month for an individual
  • Comprehensive coverage including orthodontics
  • Out of pocket costs clearly defined
  • No waiting periods, annual deductibles or benefit maximums
  • No claim forms
  • Emergency care available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Specialty care available

Plan CAA54 has a slightly higher annual premium than Plan CAA55, but you will pay lower copayments for certain procedures.

Plan CAA55 offers a lower annual premium than Plan CAA54, but you will pay higher copayments for certain procedures.

How DeltaCare® USA works With the DeltaCare® USA plan, you select your contract dentist when you enroll in the plan. You must receive treatment from your assigned DeltaCare® USA contract dentist, who will coordinate your dental care. Except for dental emergencies and preauthorized specialty services, treatment provided by a dentist other than your assigned contract dentist will not be covered.

To use DeltaCare® USA, you simply choose a dentist from the network of contracted dentists and make an appointment. You pay only a pre-determined co-payment for any covered services you receive.

About DeltaCare® USA dentists Dentists are chosen with care. Before network membership is granted, each dental office is screened to determine:
  • Number of years the dentist has been in practice (minimum: 5 years)
  • Level of care and services offered
  • If the dentist offers 24-hour emergency services (required for membership)
  • Convenience of location
How to enroll For an enrollment form, please call Delta Dental of California at 888-335-8227, or visit the web site to review the plans and enroll online. Once you enroll, you will receive a booklet with a complete list of covered procedures and the corresponding co-payments, along with a full description of the limitations, exclusions, and administrative policies of this DeltaCare® USA program, and a list of contract dentists.
Other Individual Dental Plan Options Month-to-month dental insurance options are also available. You have a choice of PPO, HMO or Discount plans. These plans have waiting periods for most levels of dental care, including minor and major restorative care, periodontal care, and orthodontic care. Other limitations and exclusions apply. For additional information, click here.

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