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Vision Options

Special Note: If you are covered by a UNI Group Health Plan you, and anyone you are covering, are eligible for one routine eye exam covered at 100%, once per calendar year.

Eligibility

Non-temporary Employees

Non-temporary employees must work at least 20 (50%) hours per week and have an appointment for nine (9) months or greater.

Temporary Faculty

Temporary faculty must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. they are appointed for nine (9) months working 20 hours (50%) a week or more or;
  2. they are appointed for a second consecutive semester at 20 hours (50%) a week or more.
Vision Benefits Coverage Starts
Life EventCoverage StartsDays to Initiate a Change
New HireBased on your start date, coverage begins on the first day of the next month.30 Days After the Event
Qualifying Employment EventBased on the event date, coverage begins on the first day of the next month30 Days After the Event
Qualifying Life EventsBased on the event date, coverage begins on the first day of the next month.30 Days After the Event
Adoption, Placement for AdoptionCoverage starts as of the date on the adoption decree.60 Days After the Event
BirthCoverage starts the date the baby is born.60 Days After the Event
Open EnrollmentChanges not associated with a life event must be made during the Annual Open Enrollment period. These changes will be effective on January 1 of the upcoming year.Defined Open Enrollment Period
Vision Benefits Coverage Ends
Life EventCoverage Ends
Reduction in Working HoursCoverage ends on the last day of the month the appointment is no longer eligible.
Separation of EmploymentCoverage ends on the last day of the separation month.
Qualifying Life EventsCoverage ends on the last day of the month in which the qualifying event occurred.
Open EnrollmentIf there are changes to end coverage during the Annual Open Enrollment period, coverage will end December 31 of the current year.

Who Can Be Covered?

Coverage is available for:

Returning to Work

If a retiree returns and is eligible for benefits, they can either:

  1. Select the active employee benefits and waive retiree coverage
    or
  2. Waive the active employee benefits and continue with the retiree benefits.

Once the retiree coverage is waived, the retiree cannot re-enroll in retirement coverage.

An employee can only retire from UNI once.

Vision Options

The university offers benefit eligible employees three options for covering vision expenses. You cannot use more than one option for the same service or purchase.

  • DeltaVision® Discount Program is available to anyone who is enrolled in UNI dental insurance. The discount applies to anyone covered under your dental plan. Enrollment is automatic and there is no additional premium associated with this discount program.
  • Avesis Vision Insurance Plan can be elected for single or family coverage and carries an annual premium paid by the employee.
  • Blue365 is available for those who have enrolled in a UNI health plan and there is no additional cost to use. The discount applies to anyone covered under your health plan. Blue365 are discounts offered by many vendors for a wide range of products and services. You can always ask your eye doctor if they will accept a discount from Blue365.

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Delta Dental DeltaVision Discount Program

University of Northern Iowa non-temporary employees enrolled in Delta Dental of Iowa are automatically eligible for a vision discount program through DeltaVision at no extra cost.

Present your Delta Dental ID at a participating provider to take advantage of the following features:

  • Discounts on eye exams
  • Discounted pricing for lens and lens options
  • Savings on eyeglass frames and conventional contact lenses
  • Unlimited use
  • Discounts on LASIK and PRK
  • Competitive pricing on contact lenses through Contact Lens by Mail
  • Access to a large, diverse network of providers

To take advantage of this discount, simply locate a DeltaVision provider by calling 1-866-559-5252 or visit the DeltaVision website. When you schedule your appointment, inform the office that you are a Delta Dental member with a DeltaVision discount plan. Once you arrive at your appointment, present your Delta Dental DeltaVision ID card to receive the discounted services.

This vision discount plan offered by Delta Dental will not work in conjunction with Avesis Vision insurance – you must use one or the other.

For more information on the discount program, please visit the DeltaVision Discount Plan web page.

Avesis Vision Insurance

Vision insurance is offered through the Avesis Vision Plan.

Materials Only Plan

This plan covers glasses or contact lenses at a discounted rate for employees and covered dependents.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Exam and Materials Plan

This plan covers one routine eye exam per year after paying a $10 copayment and discounted rates on materials.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage
Avesis Vision Materials Only Premiums January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
CoverageEmployee 1/12 Annual PremiumEmployee Annual Premium
Single$8.82$105.84
Family$20.29$243.48
Avesis Vision Exam and Materials Premiums January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
CoverageEmployee 1/12 Annual PremiumEmployee Annual Premium
Single$12.63$151.56
Family$28.54$342.48
 

Blue365® Health and Wellness Deals

If you are a member of a health insurance plan offered at UNI, then you are eligible for savings through the Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies member discounts. Discounts may be available for vision materials purchases. Some deals will give you a coupon code instantly on the Blue365® site. This coupon code can be applied directly to a purchase on a vendor’s website or will provide a discounted option on a product or service.

Other deals may take you to a vendor’s website directly to make a discounted purchase or enroll in a special discounted program instantly.

Blue365® Categories

  • Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Personal Care
  • Lifestyle
  • Financial Health
  • Wellness

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