Some National Guard members to pay dental premiums directly

Wednesday - 5/2/2012, 7:30am EDT

Changes to the TRICARE Dental Program will mean some National Guard and Reserve members will have to pay their premiums the old-fashioned way.

Payroll deduction is not available to about 8,000 reserve-component troops who are on orders to active-duty for more than 30 days. They won't lose coverage, but they will have to remember to pay the bill themselves.

Defense officials say they are working with TRICARE Management and MetLife to find a long-term solution. Servicemembers who think they may be affected should check their leave and earnings statements and contact MetLife if they've missed a payment.

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