A dental insurance care plan now coming into vogue is the direct reimbursement plan. This is a self-funded benefit plan — not insurance — in which an employer pays for dental care with its own funds, rather than paying premiums to an insurance company or third-party administrator.
You, the patient, pay the full amount directly to the individual or family dentist who accepts dental insurance, then get a receipt detailing services rendered and the cost, which you show to your employer. The employer reimburses you for part or all of the dental insurance costs, depending on your specific benefits.
Your company might reimburse 100 percent of your first $100 of dental expenses and then 80 percent of the next $500, and 50 percent of the next $2,000, with a total annual maximum benefit of $1,500. Or it might reimburse only 50 percent of your first $1,000, resulting in a $500 yearly cap.