There are two options for vision coverage through ERS. Vision coverage is included with your health plan (see below for coverage details), but you can also choose to participate in the State of Texas Vision Plan. The State of Texas Vision Plan is an optional plan that can be purchased and covers eye examinations as well as allowance for frames or contact lenses. See here for details: http://www.ers.state.tx.us/Former/Health/Vision/. The State of Texas Vision Plan cannot be combined with your health plan coverage discounts.
Vision benefits through health providers
For disease or trauma to the eye, you will need to see a medical doctor through your health care provider. Consult the Master Benefits Plan Document of your health plan for details.
If you are a new hire or if you made changes, once your coverage or the changes are effective, it will normally take about 3-4 weeks to receive your card(s). They will be mailed to you directly from the carrier to your home address. If you have not received them and want to inquire about the status, you can contact the carriers directly. You can find all carrier phone numbers at www.ers.state.tx.us/Customer-Support/Directory/.
Provider directories are not available in print. The reason they are not provided is because the document changes often. Doctors are added or deleted from the list at any time. The provider directories are located at www.ers.state.tx.us/Employees/Medical/Provider-Search/. If you would like to see printed copies of the Health and Dental directories, we have one copy in the Benefit Office in JCK 360.