Dental & Vision

STRS Ohio offers dental coverage through Delta Dental and vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP). View Dental & Vision Plans for a comprehensive overview including plan features and premiums.

Coverage is currently available to eligible benefit recipients who participate in the Defined Benefit Plan or Combined Plan. Members who retire on or after Aug. 1, 2023, need at least 20 years of total service to be eligible for coverage. At least 15 years of total service is required for members who retired before Aug. 1, 2023. Once the benefit recipient enrolls, their eligible dependents may also enroll.

Enrollment in an STRS Ohio medical plan is not required to enroll in the dental and vision plans. You may enroll in either or both plans. There is a separate premium for each plan.

The 2023–2024 enrollment contract period ends Dec. 31, 2024, regardless of your effective date of coverage. This means once you’re enrolled in the dental and/or vision plan, you must remain enrolled through Dec. 31, 2024, and pay monthly premiums, even if you no longer need or use services under the plan (e.g., you get dentures, laser vision correction or other insurance). Premiums are deducted from your monthly STRS Ohio benefit payment through December 2024.

Information about the dental and vision plans will be sent to you before your effective date of retirement. If you have questions about eligibility, call STRS Ohio toll-free at 888‑227‑7877. Specific coverage questions should be directed to the appropriate plan.