Pediatric eye care benefits enhanced at no additional cost

Starting in the fourth quarter of this year, UnitedHealthcare will launch the Children’s Eye Care Program, providing an enhanced eye care benefit at no additional premium for children with UnitedHealthcare vision coverage.

The enhanced benefit will provide eligible vision plan participants up to age 13 a second covered eye exam and additional pair of glasses – each plan year or calendar year – if their vision prescription changes 0.5 diopter or greater*. Because children’s eyesight can change quickly, this enhancement provides important coverage for UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants, leading the industry in pediatric vision care coverage.

A child’s first comprehensive eye exam should occur between 6 months and12 months, again at age 3 and before entering school at age 5 or 6, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). Despite these recommendations, 34 percent of Americans incorrectly believe children should receive a first comprehensive eye exam at age five or later, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey.

To help share information about children’s eye health, new health and wellness materials will be available at UnitedHealthcare will also coordinate free comprehensive eye exams and donate glasses for children in 7 cities across the country, helping improve access to eye care and raise eye health awareness during back-to-school season. Click here for more details about the donation events in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Newark, N.J., and Phoenix.    

The benefit enhancements will be added to all clients automatically before the end of 2018**. For more information, please contact your UnitedHealthcare representative. 

*Second covered eye exam and glasses is per plan or calendar year depending on the policy and requires applicable copays; second pair does not include contact lenses

**Benefit enhancement available to employers with self-funded health plans as an option that includes an applicable claim cost.