Frequenty Asked Questions
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- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Long Term Care
- Medicare Solutions
- Whole Life Insurance
- Term Life Insurance
- Hospital Indemnity
AMBA stands for Association Member Benefits Advisors. We administer benefits for your association. Think of us as your main hub for your associations benefit program.
Customer Service: 1-800-258-7041
Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm CT
Dental Claims – Ameritas – 1-888-239-3336
Vision – VSP: 1-800-877-7195
Enroll Online or View Benefit Information: www.myambabenefits.info
Request a call back or send us your question by completing the Contact Us form.
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Austin, TX 78730
Yes! One of the best features of this plan is that you have the freedom to use your current dentist. You also have the option of selecting an Ameritas network dentist, from anywhere in the U.S. to receive excellent discounts on covered services.
When members enroll during open enrollment, members have their waiting periods waived for covered services! Our plans cover preventive services, such as annual dental exams and cleanings, at 100% when visiting a network provider. Enjoy no waiting periods for covered services when you apply during open enrollment.
This feature rewards members who care for their teeth by filing at least one claim during the calendar year but use less than the threshold amount of benefits. This feature solves the “use it or lose it” problem many dental insurance plans have. For example, if you visit the dentist at least once but use less than $500 in annual benefit you may roll over $250 to the next plan year!
Dentists in the Ameritas network have agreed to charge you 20-40% less than their regular rates. Many of them also offer discounted fees on noncovered dental services as allowed by state law.
We never deny enrollment, so if you apply and include a payment option and all necessary information your coverage will become active. Our Processing department will contact you by phone if there is an issue with your application.
If we receive your application in our office before the final week of the month your coverage will become effective the 1st of the following month.
You will receive dental ID cards and Certificate of Coverage 2-3 weeks after your application arrives in our office. Please note: that this packet will be arriving from Ameritas in Lincoln Nebraska and not from AMBA or your Association. Keep in mind that you do not need ID cards to visit a dentist. You can simply tell your dentist to contact Ameritas for details of your coverage, just provide them with the phone number 1-888-239-3336.
No, there is no need to for you to file claims with Ameritas. This plan is a PPO so your dental office can file the claim directly with Ameritas.
Disabled dependent children, that are over the age of 26, can remain on your plan if they are legally disabled and you are their primary financial caregiver. Please contact AMBA if your dependent qualifies so we can send the necessary paperwork to you to get them covered. AMBA can be reached at 1-800-258-7041 Monday – Friday 8am -5pm CST.
Dependent children can remain on your plan up until their 26th birthday. We will automatically remove dependent children at the end of the month of their 26th birthday. Children over the age of 26 are eligible to be covered under their own plan.
No. Spouses and children under the age of 26 are the only ones who qualify as dependents. The good news is that your relatives can request to join the association and obtain benefits under their own plan. Please contact AMBA for more details 1-800-258-7041
Yes. You can remain on this plan even after you enroll in Medicare.
We encourage members to maintain their plan so that they can maintain their oral and visual health, but if you are truly unhappy you are able to cancel your coverage. We require a written request to terminate the coverage and we need requests by the 15th of the prior month to stop any future payments.
With VSP you’ll save money on exams, lenses, frames and more. VSP’s comparison of national averages shows exams can cost over $150, and frame and lens costs can be well over $200. In addition, VSP provides discounts on lens options like scratch resistance, UV protection, antiglare, and impact resistance.
With VSP, you’ll receive services at rates well below walk-in prices, and you don’t even need an ID card — any VSP doctor can access your plan coverage. All you have to do is make your appointment, get your exam, select your frames and lens options, and the doctor’s office will take care of the rest. You pay any copays or overage right there at the doctor’s office, and you’re done. It’s that simple.
VSP gives members access to over 34,000 in network doctors. Visit https://www.vsp.com/findeye-doctors.html to locate a doctor!
It is highly recommended that you stick with a VSP provider, but you do have coverage if you go out of network. When you visit a VSP network provider you receive full benefits. If you go out of network you will need to pay out of pocket and request reimbursement from VSP, keep in mind that reimbursement amounts are often lower than in-network benefits. You can find a VSP doctor by calling 1-800-877-7195.
This plan is meant to assist with the costs of general optometry procedures such as glasses, contacts, and eye exams. Some coverage may be available if your ophthalmologist is in the VSP network please contact VSP for more details doctor by visiting irspa.vspforme.com or call 1-800-877-7195.
This plan does not cover cataract surgery. AMBA suggests reviewing your current medical plan to see if it offers any coverage for cataract Surgery.
VSP does not Issue ID cards but you will not need one to visit a provider. If you visit a VSP network provider, they can easily verify your benefits online. Just tell your providers office you are covered with VSP, then verify your name, date of birth, and last 4 of social security number. They will take care of the rest. If your provider is out of network, that’s OK! You will need to pay out of pocket and request reimbursement with VSP by calling them at 1-800-877-7195. Please note that reimbursement amounts may be lower than in-network benefits.
If you visit a VSP Network doctor they will take care of the claims for you. If you visit an out-of-network provider, you will have to pay out-of-pocket and request the claims be reimbursed by VSP 1-800-877-7195.
You only get one set of eyes. Take care of them. Your eyes not only affect how you see, but how you feel. Caring for your vision can lead to a better quality of life, including fewer headaches, less computer eye strain, and more effectiveness with work or hobbies. It all starts with an eye exam.
No. Spouses and children under the age of 26 are the only ones who qualify as dependents. The good news is that your relatives can request to join the association and obtain benefits under their own plan. Please contact AMBA for more details 1-800-258-7041.
Long Term Care
No one knows what the future holds in store. As people age, they may need help with things they once were able to do for themselves. Accidents and injuries mean younger people need long-term care services, too.
Long-term care doesn’t mean you have to go to a nursing home. Services are available in a variety of settings:
- Assisted Living Facility
- Nursing Home
A long-term care insurance policy may be an important component of your overall plan for retirement.
- Pays a portion of your long-term care expenses
- Helps protect your retirement assets
- Allows you to spend your retirement the way you planned
You could purchase a long-term care insurance policy,and...
- Supplement your out-of-pocket expenses with policy benefits to help pay your long-term care expenses
- Protect a portion of your assets so you can use them as planned
- Stay connected to the things that matter most
Every year, your Medicare supplement insurance policy benefits coordinate with your Medicare benefits to help you meet your eligible health care expenses, depending on the plan you choose. What’s more, you can be sure your benefits won’t decrease.
With your Medicare supplement insurance policy, you alone select all your health care providers to use whenever and wherever you choose. You don’t have to worry about your doctor or hospital leaving a provider network at any time.
Your Medicare supplement insurance policy cannot be cancelled. It will be renewed as long as you pay the premiums on time and make no material misrepresentations.
Whole Life Insurance
Yes! Acceptance is guaranteed for those between age 45 and 85.
You cannot be turned down for any health reason. Your acceptance is guaranteed. (Each insured may have a combined maximum of $25,000 coverage of this type from United of Omaha Life Insurance Company.)
There is absolutely no way that your rate can be increased. The affordable rate you start with is the rate you stay with – for life. You’ll never pay any more.
Just fill in the pre-approved application form and mail it in the postage-paid envelope with your payment. You will be billed your premiums and you’ll receive your policy. If you are not 100% satisfied, just return your policy to us within 60 days and your money will be refunded.
You cannot be canceled for any reason as long as your premiums are paid when due.
Term Life Insurance
In the event of death, provides cash that may be used to pay off debts, enabling the surviving spouse and children to keep the current lifestyle.
In the event of a covered disability, this rider provides cash that can be used to make mortgage payments for either 18 or 30 months, after a 90-day* elimination period.
*In MD – 120-day elimination period.
If the primary residence sustains $25,000 or more of damage, this provision allows the monthly base premiums and riders to be waived for one six-month period.
In the event of qualifying unemployment, provides for premiums to be waived for one six-month period.
At the end of the policy term, this provision provides for a refund of all premiums paid if the life insurance is no longer needed.
You would. Just the thought of not being in our own surroundings and in control of our lifestyle is uncomfortable. But, an accident or illness may leave you with no other choice for recovery and care. A Recovery Care insurance plan gives you the freedom to choose how you want to recover and where.
You have 60 day trial period
You will receive up to a 3 year supply of batteries. That's 40 cells per hearing aid.
Ideally, you'd have both, because your disability coverage may not provide you a lump-sum payment to help you to take care of day-to-day living expenses and still have money for your recovery. Accident coverage can pay a lump-sum benefit in addition to any disability coverage you may have. Also, most disability plans provide a reduced monthly benefit, and many are valid for just a limited time.
Your premiums are group premiums designed to make this coverage affordables.
Covered losses range from loss of hearing to more serious injuries, such as paralysis and brain damage.
An FIA is a contract between you and an insurance company where you pay for the annuity in either a single lump sum or multiple payments over time. In return, the insurance company promises to make payments from the annuity to you in a single or series of payments. An FIA is linked to an external equity index. FIAs can provide a steady, guaranteed income stream.
FIAs offer the opportunity for growth and a steady, guaranteed lifetime income stream, as well as protection from the uncertainty of market volatility. These benefits are designed to help you moderate risk and reward.
A Many people say the number one thing they will miss in retirement is a steady paycheck. FIAs can provide a steady, guaranteed lifetime income stream. Additionally, FIAs provide balance and help you moderate risk in your financial plan. Invrsting in an FIA ensures earnings never fall below zero.