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Self-insured Dental Plan

Administered By Delta Dental of Iowa


Non-temporary Employees

Non-temporary employees must work at least 20 (50%) hours per week and have an appointment for nine (9) months or greater.

Temporary Faculty

Temporary faculty must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. they are appointed for nine (9) months working 20 hours (50%) a week or more or;
  2. they are appointed for a second consecutive semester at 20 hours (50%) a week or more.
Dental Benefits Coverage Starts
Life Event Coverage Starts Days to Initiate a Change
New Hire Based on your start date, coverage begins the first day of the next month. 30 Days After the Event
Qualifying Employment Event Based on the event date, coverage begins the first day of the next month 30 Days After the Event
Qualifying Life Events Based on the event date, coverage begins the first day of the next month. 30 Days After the Event
Adoption, Placement for Adoption Coverage starts as of the date on the adoption decree. 60 Days After the Event
Birth Coverage starts the date the baby is born. 60 Days After the Event
Open Enrollment Changes not associated with a life event must be made during the Annual Open Enrollment period. These changes will be effective January 1 of the upcoming year. Defined Open Enrollment Period
Dental Benefits Coverage Ends
Life Event Coverage Ends
Reduction in Working Hours Coverage ends the last day of the month the appointment is no longer eligible.
Separation of Employment Coverage ends the last day of the separation month.
Qualifying Life Events Coverage ends the last day of the month in which the qualifying event occurred.
Open Enrollment If there are changes to end coverage during the Annual Open Enrollment period, coverage will end December 31 of the current year.

Who Can Be Covered?

Coverage is available for:

Returning to Work

If a retiree returns and is eligible for benefits, they can either:

  1. Select the active employee benefits and waive retiree coverage
  2. Waive the active employee benefits and continue with the retiree benefits.

Once the retiree coverage is waived, the retiree cannot re-enroll in retirement coverage.

An employee can only retire from UNI once.

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What Does Self-insured Mean?

When a plan is self-insured the employee and employer premiums are put into an account. When a claim occurs, money from that account is used to pay that claim. If claim costs increase, then premiums must increase to cover the additional costs.

Dental Premium Payroll Deductions

Dental premiums are withheld from your pay as a pre-tax deduction, which reduces your taxable income and the amount of taxes you pay at the time of payroll. This is a default selection by the university.

If you would like to opt-out of the pre-tax premium option, please complete the After-Tax Premium Option form and submit to the Human Resource Services Office.

UNI Dental Plan

Plan Information Effective: January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.

Dental insurance helps you cover the costs of routine dental check-ups, treatment, and care of dental disease and accidents to teeth. Delta Dental offers a large network of providers, with a broad range of dentists, which helps to keep your out-of-pocket costs down.

A list of participating providers may be found at You may also ask providers whether they have a participating agreement with Delta Dental or contact Delta Dental at (800) 544-0718 to ask about specific providers.

Dental Plan Summary of Benefits Coverage

A simplified summary overview of benefits offered by the plan. Access the Summary of Benefits Coverage

Summary Plan Description

This benefit booklet describes your rights and responsibilities under your group dental plan. Access the Summary Plan Description

Premiums January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020
CoverageEmployee 1/12 Annual PremiumEmployee Annual PremiumUNI Annual Premium
Shared Family$46.50$558.00$756.00

Additional Delta Dental Member Features

Delta Dental of Iowa Homepage

Enhanced Benefits Program

Your dental plan includes Delta Dental of Iowa’s Enhanced Benefits Program, which offers additional dental services to members with certain conditions. This program is available to employees and their family members who are enrolled in the UNI Dental Plan.

​To Go Program

Delta Dental's To Go Program allows you to carry over any unused annual benefit from one year to the next. This program offers more flexibility and helps you plan for more extensive and costly dental treatments for yourself, or your covered family members, in subsequent years. This program does not cost anything and is automatic for anyone enrolled.


Delta Dental Offers Vision Discounts

University of Northern Iowa employees enrolled in Delta Dental of Iowa are automatically eligible for a vision discount program through EyeMed Vision Care at no extra cost.

My Vision Options DeltaVision Discount Plan Find a DeltaVision Provider

Dental Insurance Coverage - What To Do When Traveling Internationally

The UNI Dental Plan offers coverage for covered services while out of the country. In case of a dental issue while traveling:

  1. Schedule and proceed with the service needed. Cost of service is determined by the provider. The co-insurance is the same is an out-of-network service, or a charge that would be charged in the Premier network.
  2. Email Delta Dental at

Fill out and submit the out-of-network claim form.