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Member Services:

1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 487-9680
Toll Free: (800) 848-0123
Fax: (614) 487-9675

 
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Highlights

No Deductible Option (Choose between a $0 or $100 Policy Year Deductible)
Simplified Issue & Guaranteed Renewable for Life
Use Any Dentist - No Networks
Use any Ophthalmologist or Optometrist
Use any physician or audiologist for hearing benefits
Issued up to age 84!

Issued by The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America

This plan is all about choice - the ability for individuals ages 18-84 to choose your deductibles and your benefits. You may choose between a $0 or $100 policy year deductible, and you may choose a policy year maximum benefit of $750, $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000. And you have the freedom to visit the doctor of your choice. In addition to covering dental, vision and hearing expenses, the plan offers a household discount, it's guaranteed renewable for life, and you have a 30-day right to examine and return the policy.

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Who is eligible?
Available to all adults aged 18 to 85 living in AL, AR, AZ, CO, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV and WY (as of July 2012).

There are no medical questions on the application; everyone is eligible regardless of pre-existing conditions.

States listed in italic are insured by Medco. Inc.

Not available in CA, CT, MA, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, or NY.

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About United Commercial Travelers of America
The Order of United Commercial Travers of America (UCT) is a fraternal benefits society that serves a dual purpose. UCT offers members a unique chance to unite with others who want to get involved and impact their communities. At the same time we offer members affordable insurance and support and savings through member benefit programs. Fraternal benefit societies operate through councils, chapters or lodges. We exist for the good of our local communities and the benefit of members.
UnitedHealthcare insurance

Product Review

UCT understands that many businesses, employees, and self-employed and retired individuals in the U.S. are experiencing the effects of rising healthcare costs and reduced benefits. Dental, vision and hearing care have a major impact on a person's overall health. That's why UTC developed Dental, Vision and Hearing Expense Insurance. This plan is all about choice - the ability for individuals ages 18-84 to choose your deductibles and your benefits. You may choose between a $0 or $100 policy year deductible, and you may choose a policy year maximum benefit of $750, $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000. And you have the freedom to visit the doctor of your choice. In addition to covering dental, vision and hearing expenses, the plan offers a household discount, it's guaranteed renewable for life, and you have a 30-day right to examine and return the policy.

Increasing Benefit Levels

One of the most attractive features of UCT coverage is that benefits increase over time for long term members. After the Policy Year Deductible is satisfied, pays the following percentages of actual charges, not to exceed reasonable and customary charges for covered expenses up to the Policy Year Maximum Benefit:

  • 60% in the first Policy Year;
  • 70% in the second Policy Year;
  • 80% in the third Policy Year; and
  • 90% thereafter.

Covered Expenses

Dental: Dental services, performed by a licensed dentist**, including one annual examination and cleaning, x-rays, fillings, prophylaxis, bridges, crowns, dentures and outpatient dental surgery prescribed as Medically Necessary. After the policy has been in force three months, pays the cost of one dental cleaning up to a maximum benefit of $75 each Policy Year. This benefit is not subject to the Policy Year Deductible; however, it is included in the Policy Year Maximum Benefit. Vision: Visits to a physician for a basic eye examination or eye refraction, including the cost of eyeglasses or contact lenses prescribed by the physician, up to a maximum benefit of $150 in any one Policy Year. Hearing: Hearing examinations performed by a physician or audiologist**,including the cost of the hearing aid and any necessary repairs.

Other Important Benefits

30-Day Right To Examine and Return Policy: If, for any reason you are not satisfied, the policy may be returned to us or to the agent within 30 days after receiving it. If returned, the policy will be void from its beginning and any premium paid will be refunded.

Guaranteed Renewable for Life: UCT doesn't charge a policy fee and, although some limitations do apply, your acceptance for this insurance is guaranteed. This Policy is renewable as long as you live, provided you continue to pay premiums when due.

Household Discount: If two or more people, living in the same household at the same address, apply for coverage at the same time, then each may receive a 10% discount.

Exclusions: UCT will not pay for:

1. any benefits during the first six (6) months following the Policy Effective Date for root canals, existing eyeglasses or contact lens (including the renewal or changing of prescriptions).

2. benefits during the first Policy Year for bridges, crowns, full dentures or partials, any work relating to replacement of natural teeth which were missing on the Policy Effective Date, "full mouth" extractions, fluoride treatments or existing hearing aids.

The doctor/dentist or treatment provider must be someone who is not a member of your immediate family.

Enrollment Support - Live personal enrollment support is available from the enrollment site weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM Eastern time.

This is a generic description only. Benefits vary by state. Refer to your policy for a complete description of limitations and exclusions.

Benefits

Benefit Comparison3 UNITED SILVER
(PLAN 1)
UNITED GOLD
(PLAN 2)
Policy Year Maximum Benefit $1,000 $1,000 or $2,000
(choose one)
Policy Year Deductible
$0 $0
Dental Coverage
Preventive Services4
Examination, cleaning and
routine X-Ray2

3 month waiting period
After 90 Days – Up To $125
After 12 Months 
(and thereafter) 
1st Visit Up To $125, 
2nd Visit Up To $75

(per policy year)
After 90 Days – Up To $125
After 12 Months 
(and thereafter) 
1st Visit Up To $125, 
2nd Visit Up To $75

(per policy year)
Basic Services
Including X-Ray, fillings and extractions2

No waiting period
Immediately – 70%
After 12 Months – 80%
After 24 Months – 80%
After 36 Months – 90%
(and thereafter)
Immediately – 60%
After 12 Months – 70%
After 24 Months – 80%
After 36 Months – 90%
(and thereafter)
Major Services
Including bridges, crowns, full dentures or partials, full mouth extractions, and root canals2

12 month waiting period
Not Covered After 12 Months – 70%
After 24 Months – 80%
After 36 Months – 90%
(and thereafter)
Vision Coverage
Basic eye examination or eye refraction, including the cost of eye glasses or contact lenses2 $150
(per 24 month period)
$150
(per 24 month period)
Waiting Period Exam, first time corrective lenses 
No Waiting Period

Repair or replacement of existing eye glasses or contact lenses
6 months
Exam, first time corrective lenses 
No Waiting Period

Repair or replacement of existing eye glasses or contact lenses
6 months

Benefits vary by state

1 Benefits are not subject to assignment.
2 Services performed or prescribed by a licensed Medical Professional not a member of your immediate family.
3 Refer to your policy for a complete description of limitations and exclusions.
4 This benefit is included in the Policy Year Maximum Benefit. Only the $125 benefit is available in the first policy year.

*for 2013 Ohio – Basic Services including X-Ray, fillings and extractions2 No waiting period. United Silver (Policy 1) Year 1 – 70%, Year 2 (and thereafter) – 85%; United Gold (policy 2) Year 1 – 65%, Year 2 (and thereafter) 75%. Major Services including bridges, crowns, full dentures or partials, full mouth extractions, and root canals2 12 month waiting period. United Silver (Policy 1) Not Covered; United Gold (Policy 2) Year 1 – 0%, Year 2 (and thereafter) 75%.

OTHER IMPORTANT BENEFITS
30-Day Right To Examine and Return Policy:

If, for any reason you are not satisfied, the policy may be returned to us or to the agent within 30 days after receiving it. If returned, the policy will be void from its beginning and any premium paid will be refunded.

Guaranteed Renewable for Life:

UCT doesn't charge a policy fee and, although some limitations do apply, your acceptance for this insurance is guaranteed. This Policy is renewable as long as you live, provided you continue to pay premiums when due.

Household Discount:

If two or more people, living in the same household at the same address, apply for coverage at the same time, then each may receive a 10% discount.

 

Pros

Use any dentist and get the same benefits; no requirement to change dentists because your dentist is not in a network.

Senior coverage is available to age 84.

Now offers a child coverage rider (beginning in 2013).

Cons

Waiting periods make individual dental insurance less attractive to the majority of individuals who shop for coverage immediately before major dental services are required. UCT will not pay for any benefits during the first six (6) months following the Policy Effective Date for root canals, existing eyeglasses or contact lens (including the renewal or changing of prescriptions) or benefits during the first Policy Year for bridges, crowns, full dentures or partials, any work relating to replacement of natural teeth which were missing on the Policy Effective Date, "full mouth" extractions, fluoride treatments or existing hearing aids.

(For those who need immediate major dental care, a Careington discount dental plans provide a better alternative in the short term). 

Forms in PDF format for download

All available forms can be found by following the quote and enrollment link above.

News

December 14, 2012 - The dental/vision plan is revised for 2013 to allow for child coverage rider. Adult coverage is offered to age 84.

October 4, 2012 - UCT announces the launch of "UCT Gives Back" – a contest that will award one deserving school with $10,000. If you know a school with a program to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities, or a university that trains special education teachers, see this link: http://www.facebook.com/UCTinAction/app_205243299607279 and tell them how they can enter their school to win $10,000. Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2012. For UCT Gives Back official rules, visit http://www.uct.org/uct-gives-back-official-rules/ and remember – one deserving school will receive $10,000, so spread the word.

 


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