For the first time, Local 804 is providing retirees with a discount dental benefit. Effective January 1st, Local 804 retirees, their spouses and dependents can access dental services using discounted rates negotiated by Local 804 with participating dentists. On average, participating dentists will charge half of their usual rates.
The new benefit only applies to dentists within the Local 804 network. To find a participating dentist, go to www.ddsinc.net. Click on Patients Only, and Find a Provider. Enter "804" for the group number. Or call DDS at 1-800-255-5681.
Local 804 President Eddie Villalta explained, “We saw that there was a real need to help our retirees better afford dental services. Good dental care can be very expensive and the need for it doesn’t end once you retire.”
The new retiree dental discount is separate from the dental plan offered to active members. Retirees should have received their Local 804 “R” cards in the mail. To use the Local 804 discount, call a participating dentist and let them know that you are a Retiree of Local 804 when you make your appointment and bring your 804 "R" card.
Retirees will be charged the discounted rates directly. Use of the plan may save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on needed dental procedures. pdf Download the schedule of fees. (126 KB) If you have any questions regarding the new retiree dental plan, contact the Union Hall at 718-786-5700.
In addition to retiree dental benefits, numerous benefit improvements have been implemented over the last two years. This includes better optical benefits, more options for filling prescriptions and lower retiree healthcare costs. The Local 804 Welfare Trust Fund also launched an app to make it easier for members to maximize their benefits by staying in network.