With nearly 7,000 provider locations in California Blue Shield has one of the largest vision networks in the state†. Our national network gives members a wide choice of providers including private-practice optometrists, retail locations like LensCrafters, Sears Optical, and Target Optical, wholesalers like Walmart and Sam’s Club, and warehouse chains such as Costco. Multiple options make it easier for members to see an eye doctor of their choice and purchase frames, lenses, and contacts when it’s convenient for them.
Groups with 101 or more eligible employees can purchase vision coverage with or without Blue Shield medical coverage.
For even greater flexibility, employers can offer Voluntary Vision coverage – an even more affordable way to offer vision coverage – with no minimum employer contribution.
Bundle and save a bundle with Benefit Solutions
With Benefit Solutions, the more you add, the more you save.
Our improved bundling program now applies to groups of 101 up to 1,000!
Your clients can save up to 1.75% on their medical rate by bundling dental, vision, and life insurance with their medical benefits.
The value of vision with Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California gives the member allowances toward lens extras like progressive lenses and anti-reflective coating, which can result in a lower out-of-pocket cost to the member. Other vision providers charge copays, which can result in a higher member out-of-pocket cost. When a member visits a vision network provider, the cost for standard lenses is covered at 100%. When enhanced lens benefits are added, there are generally higher out-of-pocket costs to the member. With Blue Shield’s allowances, these out-of-pocket costs are reduced. Learn more.
A simplified plan portfolio
A variety of vision plans1 and coverage options offer simplified plan choices. Three easy decisions: the frequency of benefits, the frame allowance amount, and a plan with copayments or without.
New for 2019 - Duo Dental & Vision plan
Offer your clients the best of both worlds -- dental and vision -- with one plan! This affordable 100% employer paid option includes basic dental benefits which includes coverage for diagnostic and preventive services. Vision coverage includes and annual eye exam, diabetes management, optometric and ophthalmologic visits. (Please note this plan is not eligible for the Benefit Solutions discount).
Groups with 150 or more eligible employees may work with their Blue Shield representative to customize a vision plan to fit the needs of their employees.
Contact lens plans
Blue Shield offers six plans with contact lens benefits. Our “with Contacts” plans allow members to cover both contacts and eyeglasses within the same benefit period. In addition to their frame allowance, contact lens plans cover $120 in contact lens materials and a standard contact lens fitting and evaluation.
Progressive lenses, anti-reflective coating, and photochromic lenses are covered benefits in plans, with a $130 and $150 frame allowance. All plans cover polycarbonate lenses for dependent children to provide extra protection against breakage.
Three-year rate guarantee
All groups receive a three-year rate guarantee on their vision coverage, giving them added financial predictability for budgeting and planning.
MESVisionOptics.com delivers cost savings and allows members the convenience of using their benefits to shop online and purchase contact lenses. Readers, sunglasses, and other accessories are also available at low, online prices.
Coverage for sunglasses
Members who have had PRK, LASIK or custom LASIK vision correction surgery can use their frame allowance toward any pair of sunglasses. All they need to do is see a network provider and provide proof of surgery or substantiate the surgery through an eye exam.
Blue Shield vision plan information is available through our member website at blueshieldcavision.com.
Wellness offers and discounts.
Blue Shield offers a wide range of programs that can help members save money and get healthier. In addition to our Discount Vision Program network, which offers a 20% savings on many vision materials and services, members can get discounts on:
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Help your clients see the value that vision coverage can bring them in the infographic, Why You Need Group Vision Coverage.
† Vision plan providers are available through a contracted vision plan administrator. Underwritten by Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Company (Blue Shield Life).
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