Effective January 1st, 2015, the 3sHealth Extended Health Care Plan will be providing increased Vision Care Benefits to our plan members. The reimbursement maximum for the purchase of prescription eyewear will increase from $200 every two years up to $300 every two years. The $300 maximum will be pro-rated for other than full-time employees working less than 80% of full-time. The Extended Health Care Plan will also continue to provide coverage for eye exams; 1 exam every 24 months for adults and 1 exam every 12 months for dependent children.
The new $300 maximum will be applied upon the next occasion you are eligible to purchase eyewear. For example if you purchased glasses in July 2014 and received the $200 reimbursement (or pro-rated amount), you will be eligible for the $300 benefit in July 2016.
3sHealth will also be introducing the “Better Than Benefit” for Extended Health Care plan members from CUPE, SEIU-West, SGEU, and RWDSU. SUN and HSAS plan members already receive this benefit. The “Better Than Benefit” provides 100% Extended Health Care coverage to plan members who qualify for 80% or 90% Dental coverage. To accommodate the increased benefit, 3sHealth had to make some system modifications. There is a possibility that the system modifications will be completed a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. If that is the case, coverage for the “Better Than Benefit” may begin a few weeks prior to January 1st, 2015. If you qualify for the “Better Than Benefit”, your coverage will automatically be increased.
Further improvements to your benefits are a work in progress – we will keep you updated!
If you have any questions about these exciting plan enhancements that will begin on January 1st, 2015, please contact the MRC at 1-888-999-7348.