Dental/Vision benefits can differ depending on the employee’s collective bargaining agreement. Many City employees receive this benefit at no cost through the Massachusetts Public Employee Fund (MPE Fund.) See list of unions who receive dental/vision coverage under MPE.
Employees eligible for coverage under the MPE Fund will receive an enrollment form directly from the MPE Fund once they have completed 6 months of service to the City. Employees must complete the form to indicate whether they would like the Network Plan or the Indemnity Plan. They must also indicate whether they would like to have an Individual or Family plan.
Massachusetts Public Employee Fund Contact Information
Fund Office: 1-800-325-5214
Dental Unit: 1-800-553-6277
Vision Unit: 1-800-406-1656
Other employees may be offered Dental/Vision plan through their Union; these include employees in the Boston Teachers Union, Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, Boston Police Superior Officers Association, Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, and the Boston Firefighters L718. Employees in these Unions should contact their Union representative directly for more information about these programs.
Coordinating the benefits offered through your Health Insurance along with your Dental Insurance coverage could save you even more money. Review your health plan benefit handbook to determine what services are covered. Make sure your dentist has both your health insurance and dental insurance information on file so they can help you coordinate the coverage.
Routine Vision exams are covered under most of the health plans administered through the City of Boston. Most of the health plans also offer discounts on eyeglasses and contact lenses through certain eyewear retailers. Coordinating the benefits under your Health Insurance along with your Vision Insurance coverage could save you even more money.