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Vision Benefits

If you're a permanent state employee working half-time or more, you're eligible for the state's Vision Program. You may receive an eye examination, lenses and a frame once every calendar year.

Represented employees in Bargaining Unit 6 have vision coverage through their union trust fund and are not eligible to enroll in the state's vision program unless otherwise designated by the state as eligible for this program. Contact your personnel office for additional information regarding eligibility. Conditions of eligibility are subject to collective bargaining.

If you're a Permanent-Intermittent (PI) employee, you must work a minimum of 480 hours in the January-June or July-December control period to be eligible for the vision benefit. 

The state offers you a choice of two vision plans.  The Basic Plan will be provided at no cost to you or, you can upgrade to the Premier Plan for a small monthly cost. 

Open Enrollment is September 12 through October 7, 2016

During open enrollment, eligible employees may: 

  • Enroll in the Premier Vision Plan.
  • Change vision plans.
  • Add or delete dependents.
  • Cancel vision coverage.

Open Enrollment materials will be mailed to the home/mailing address that you have on file with the State Controller's Office (SCO).  If you don't want to make any changes to your vision coverage, you don't need to do anything.

Enrollments and changes made during open enrollment are effective January 1, 2017.

Changes for 2017

  • Vision plan premiums will remain the same for 2017.

Vision Plan Premiums

How to Enroll in the Premier Plan During Open Enrollment

During open enrollment, VSP will provide you with 3 ways to enroll:

  1. Visit VSP at vsp.com/go/stateofcaemployee and complete the online enrollment form.
  2. Complete and mail the VSP Enrollment Form you receive in the mail.
  3. Call VSP at (800) 877-7195 and speak to a member services representative.

Permanent Intermittent Employees

Permanent Intermittent (PI) employees have 60 days from the end of the control period (June 30th or December 31st) to make an election to enroll in the Basic or Premier Vision Plans.  PIs may enroll through their department's human resource/personnel office.

Basic Vision Plan

Enrollment into the state's Basic Vision Plan for most eligible employees and their eligible dependents is automatic.  If you would like to enroll in the Premier plan, you can do so within 60 days of new hire/newly eligible status or during the annual open enrollment. 

Your vision coverage will be effective the first of the month following the pay period in which your earning statement shows your employer contribution/vision deduction.  Contact your personnel office for additional information regarding your enrollment/effective date.

The state is responsible for payment of your monthly premium ($8.64) to VSP for the basic plan.  You and your eligible dependents are required to pay a $10 deductible for an eye examination and a $25 deductible for materials (frame and/or lenses), if needed.

Premier Vision Plan

All active state employees (with the exception of rank and file BU 6 employees, as their vision benefits are provided by their trust) are eligible to enroll in the Premier Vision Plan for a small monthly employee cost share.  The Premier Vision Plan enables you to get a higher allowance for frames and contacts, fully covered progressive lenses, and more discounts.

The state will continue to contribute $8.64 towards the monthly premium which appears as a vision deduction on your pay warrant.  If you choose the Premier Vision Plan, the additional cost will be deducted directly from your state pay warrant.

If you elect the Premier Plan, any dependents you wish to cover must also be enrolled by you into the Premier Plan coverage.  You cannot choose to enroll in both the Basic and Premier vision plan coverage at the same time, or split your enrollment leaving any dependents on the basic vision plan.  As a new hire/newly eligible employee, you may enroll through your personnel office within 60 days of your newly eligible status.  All other eligible employees may enroll through VSP directly during open enrollment when the open enrollment materials are mailed to your home address that is on file with the State Controller's Office (SCO). 

For a more detailed description of your vision benefit, please read the Vision Care Plan Disclosure Statement and Evidence of Coverage booklet for the state's Vision Program.

Vision Carrier

The Vision carrier for the State of California is:
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
3333 Quality Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

VSP Customer Service
(800) 877-7195 
www.vsp.com

Procedure for using the Plan

  1. Select a VSP network doctor. If you need help locating a network doctor, call VSP at (800) 877-7195 or go to www.vsp.com and locate the option, FIND A DOCTOR.

  2. Call your VSP network doctor for an appointment to identify yourself as a VSP member. Simply provide your name and date of birth, as well as the covered member's social security number and the organization that provides the coverage (State of California).

  3. Your doctor and VSP will handle the rest. Your doctor will contact VSP to verify your eligibility and plan coverage.

*Selecting a VSP network doctor assures direct payment to the doctor and guarantees quality services and eyewear. 

If you are an active state employee, please contact your department's personnel office or email vision inquiries to:  vision@calhr.ca.gov.

Appearance of Premier Vision Deduction on Employee's Warrant Stub

CoBen Employees

The $8.64 state contribution is part of the CoBen allowance. With the new premier vision plan, when an employee is enrolled into the premier vision plan, the $8.64 is still present in the allowance and $8.64 is still paid to VSP as the employer share of this plan. The balance or employee share for 2016 (PC1 $8.84, PC2 $17.68, or PC3 $28.46) is reported as a separate miscellaneous deduction.  Both deductions are itemized on the warrant stub to verify the deductions occurred and paid to VSP.  

Non-CoBen Employees

The $8.64 state contribution is still paid for by the state for non-coben employees.  When an employee is enrolled into the premier vision plan, the $8.64 is still present as the employer contribution and $8.64 is still paid to VSP as the employer share of this plan.  The balance or employee share for 2016 (1 Party $8.84, 2 Party $17.68, or 3 Party $28.46) is reported as a separate miscellaneous deduction.  Both deductions are itemized on the warrant stub to verify the deductions occurred and paid to VSP.  

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  Updated: 8/24/2016
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