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If you are a permanent state employee working half-time or more, you are eligible for vision benefits. The State of California offers you a choice of two vision plans. The Basic Vision Plan will be provided at no cost to you or you can upgrade to the Premier Vision Plan for a small monthly premium. Vision benefits are provided by Vision Service Plan (VSP).
Represented employees in Bargaining Unit 6 (BU6) receive vision coverage through their union trust fund and are not eligible to enroll in the state's vision plan unless otherwise designated by the state as eligible for this plan.
Contact your department's personnel office for additional information regarding eligibility. Conditions of eligibility are subject to collective bargaining.
If you are a permanent-intermittent 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.
Permanent-intermittent 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 Plan. Permanent-intermittent employees may enroll through their department's personnel office.
Enrollment into the state's Basic Plan is automatic for most eligible employees and their eligible dependents. As indicated above, represented employees in BU6 generally receive vision coverage through their union trust fund.
For information about the state's Basic Plan, please visit the VSP website.
All active state employees (with the exception of represented employees in BU6 as described above) are eligible to enroll in the Premier Plan for a monthly premium.
The Premier Plan offers enhanced benefits, such as a lower co-pay or higher allowance for glasses and contacts. Please visit the VSP website for details.
As a new hire or newly eligible employee, you may enroll in the Premier Plan through your department's personnel office within 60 days of your newly eligible status. All other eligible employees may enroll in the Premier Plan directly with VSP during Open Enrollment.
The state will contribute $8.27 towards the monthly premium, which appears as a deduction on the pay warrant. For employees that choose the Premier Plan, the additional premium will be deducted directly from the state pay warrant.
Employee vision coverage will be effective the first of the month following the pay period in which the earning statement shows your employer contribution and vision deduction. Contact your department's personnel office for additional information regarding your enrollment effective date.
If you enroll in the Premier Plan, any dependents you wish to cover will also be enrolled into the Premier Plan. You cannot be enrolled in the Basic and Premier Plans at the same time or split your enrollment so that some family members are enrolled in the Premier Plan while others remain in the Basic Plan.
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 plan or visit the VSP website.
The Vision carrier for the State of California is:
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
3333 Quality Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
VSP Customer Service
*Selecting a VSP network doctor assures direct payment to the doctor and guarantees quality services and eyewear.
The $8.27 state contribution is part of the CoBen allowance. When an employee is enrolled into the Premier Plan, the $8.27 is still present in the allowance and paid to VSP as the employer share of this plan. The balance or employee share is reported as a separate miscellaneous deduction. Both deductions are itemized on the warrant stub to verify the deductions occurred and were paid to VSP.