COBRA SUBSIDIES UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
The recently announced American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides COBRA premium subsidies for assistance eligible individuals (“AEIs”) between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. We encourage all employer groups to seek legal guidance or learn about your responsibilities under this provision of the ARPA by visiting the DOL website: www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/laws-and-regulations/laws/cobra/premium-subsidy
HDS is here to assist our employer groups through this process. While we cannot provide advice, we are here to help you maintain dental benefits for eligible individuals during this period. Be aware that any member calls regarding the eligibility for the subsidy will be directed back to their former employer. View our HDS procedures for the ARPA COBRA Subsidy.
UPDATED Thur, 3/18/21: HDS physical offices are CLOSED to the public, stay healthy and informed on the latest COVID-19 updates. Learn more.
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) follows guidance provided from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii State Department of Health to take the steps needed to safely and efficiently continue serving our customers as developments on COVID-19 evolve daily. We have taken the following actions to protect you and our employees, and ensure continued access to your dental benefits plan information:
An HDS business continuity plan, which includes the ability for our employees to work remotely, is in place to ensure we remain operational so that we can continue to address the needs of our customers.
We continue to work with our dentist network to get claims processed and paid in a timely manner, to serve our members without disruption.
STATUS:REDUCED OPERATIONS – We’re ready to serve our members, vendors and partners by phone.
HDS Customer Service
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Email: [email protected]
HDS Office Walk-in Hours: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
YOUR DENTAL CARE GUIDE AFTER COVID-19
As you visit the dentist, we want to prepare our members for changes they may see at their next dental appointment. Our participating dentists have been working diligently to ensure you get the care you need while keeping you and your loved ones safe. Learn more.
HERE FOR OUR COMMUNITY
As COVID-19 affects many families and businesses across our islands, HDS is doing its part to serve those in need of assistance.
HDS Foundation donates $145,000 to support Show Aloha Challenge on neighbor islands
On July 20, HDS donated $145,000 to Show Aloha Challenge to provide meals for our kupuna on the neighbor islands. A total of 17,000 meals will be ordered over six weeks from local restaurants in Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai to help local businesses stay afloat while also helping feed kupuna in need. HDS oral health kits to keep kupuna healthy will also be delivered with the meals. Learn more.
HDS Foundation donates $150,000 towards Dinner Delivery Program
On April 15, HDS donated $150,000 to the St. Francis Healthcare Systems for the Show Aloha Challenge, a free meal delivery program for seniors in need across Oahu. Seniors who do not qualify for government-sponsored home meal delivery programs are eligible for the free meals. Show Aloha Challenge also partners with local restaurants who are struggling during the pandemic to provide the dinner meals which are then delivered to the homes of seniors. Learn more.
To request donations or share information about other assistance and relief programs in Hawaii, email [email protected].
KEEP YOUR SMILE HEALTHY AT HOME
Keeping up with your oral hygiene is more important now than ever. By being proactive, you can decrease your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, which can weaken your immune system. Take care of your teeth and gums at home by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and maintain a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. For more oral health tips, visit HawaiiDentalServiceBlog.com.
The COVID-19 vaccines currently being used in Hawaii have been authorized for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration after rigorous testing involving large clinical trials and data review by a safety monitoring board. If you would like more information on the vaccine or how to set up an appointment to get vaccinated, visit the Hawaii State Department of Health website.
Consultations and oral exams via teledentistry are covered by your HDS employer group or individual plan, unless otherwise specified under your plan benefits. All HDS participating dentists have been informed of teledentistry options and how to submit these types of claims to HDS, if needed – consult with your dentist first to verify. In addition to taking advantage of teledentistry, please continue to maintain good oral hygiene, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing. View Teledentistry FAQs
DENTAL PLANS ARE AVAILABLE
HDS continues to offer dental plans that cover preventive care such as routine exams and cleanings and access to the largest local network of dentists. Whether you’re in need of an individual dental plan or a group dental plan right now or in the future, HDS provides options that suit your budget and oral health needs. View dental plans.
ACCESS BENEFITS INFORMATION
We strongly recommend that all HDS customers create a secure HDS Online account to access benefits information, track claims, and other useful features – available 24/7 regardless of any operational impact due to COVID-19 developments. Create or access your account below: