Vision Benefits - CalHR

​Vision Program

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.
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 is responsible for payment of your monthly premium 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.  If you choose the Premier Vision Plan, the additional cost will be deducted directly from your State pay warrant. 
The monthly Premier Vision Plan employee share effective January 1, 2014 is:
Employee  $6.56
Employee plus 1 dependent  $13.12
Employee plus 2 or more dependents  $21.12
If you choose to upgrade to 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.   

Vision Carrier

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

Contact CalHR Representative

LaTrice Moore: (916) 327-8491 


Enrollment into the State's Basic Vision Plan for 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 eligibility or during the annual open enrollment. 
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.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is September 16, 2013 through October 11, 2013.


You must sign your open Enrollment forms and submit them to the plan or it's designee no later than October 11, 2013. All open enrollment actions are effective January 1, 2014.  No action is necessary if you are not making any changes.


There are three ways to enroll in the Premier Plan.  You can:


If you choose to mail your enrollment form, please send the form directly to VSP at:
VSP Vision Care
Attn: Client Administrative Services
PO Box 997100
Sacramento, CA 95899
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.
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Updated 2/5/2014