Vision Hardware Plan



Administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, 1-800-820-1674 or 406-447-8747

Woman wearing glasses
Who is Eligible?

Employees, legal spouse, retirees, and dependent children are eligible if you elect to have this coverage.

Retirees: If you do not make an election when you first retire, you will permanently forfeit your vision hardware coverage eligibility.

Using Your Vision Hardware Benefit

Quality vision care is important to your eye wellness and overall health care. Accessing your Vision Hardware benefit is easy. Simply select your provider, purchase your hardware and submit your vision claims form to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) for processing.


Service/Material Coverage

Eyeglass Frames and Lenses

Frames: One frame per benefit period, in lieu of contact lenses

Lenses: One pair of lenses per benefit period, in lieu of contact lenses

Up to $300 allowance towards purchase of a frame and prescription eyeglass lenses including single vision; bifocal; trifocal; progressive lenses; ultraviolet treatment; tinting; scratch-resistant coating; polycarbonate; anti-reflective coating.

The Plan Participant may be responsible for the charges at the time of service.

Contact Lenses:

One purchase per benefit period, in lieu of eyeglass frame and lenses

Up to $150 allowance toward contact lens fitting and the purchase of Conventional, Disposable or Medically Necessary*contact lenses.

The Plan Participant may be responsible for the charges at the time of service

*Contact lenses that are required to treat medical or abnormal visual conditions, including but not limited to eye surgery (i.e., cataract removal), visual perception in the better eye that cannot be corrected to 20/70 through the use of eyeglasses, and certain corneal or other eye diseases.

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