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. Vision Service Plan (VSP)
provides vision coverage under its Regional Network Plan.
The Vision carrier for the State of California is:
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
3333 Quality Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
If you're eligible, your HR Office automatically enrolls you and your dependents in the State's Basic Vision Program. 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. Due to this requirement, your HR Office must submit a STD. 700 Vision Plan Enrollment Authorization
to SCO for processing. Employee's must elect to enroll into
The Premier Vision Plan
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 State's Vision Program.
COBRA participants have the same rights as active employee to make allowable changes to their health and dental coverage during open enrollment. Your HR Office sends instructions to COBRA participants enrolled in Dental.
If you don't have any changes to your COBRA coverage you don't need to do anything.
Open Enrollment is September 10, 2012 through October 5, 2012.
You must sign your open Enrollment forms and submit them to the plan or it's designee no later than October 10, 2012. All open enrollment actions are effective January 1, 2013.
What's New for 2013
Active employees now have a choice of two vision plans. The VSP Basic Plan will be provided at no cost to you, with no changes to the plan. Or if you choose, you can upgrade to the new Premier Plan for a small monthly cost. For more information click here.
Basic Vision Premiums and Deductibles
The State is responsible for payment of your monthly premium to VSP. 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
2013 State of California Premier Vision Benefits Summary.
For a more detailed description of your vision benefit, ask your HR Office for an Evidence of Coverage booklet for the State's Vision Program.