JHU Benefits Site - Vision Plan



As a full-time benefits eligible faculty, staff and bargaining unit member, you and your family can participate in the voluntary vision plan. Coverage includes benefits for eye exams, frames/lenses, contact lenses and laser eye surgery.

About the Program

Getting routine and preventive eye care has been shown to help avoid or minimize vision loss and diseases later in life. The university wants to help you protect your vision and overall health and has partnered with Mercer Voluntary Benefits and United HealthCare to provide affordable vision coverage. You will have access to an expansive national network including private practice and retail chain locations such as America's Best, Doctor's Visionworks and United Optical.

Covered Benefits In-Network Out-of-Network
Plan pays...
Eye Exam (every 12 months) 100% after $15 copay Up to $40
Lenses (every 12 months)
    Single Vision
    Lined Bifocal
    Lined Trifocal
100% after copay of:
Up to $40
Up to $60
Up to $80
Up to $80
Frames (every 24 months) After $15 copay, up to $130 Up to $45
Contact Lenses (every 12 months in lieu of glasses)

Covered-in-full Contacts
All Other Contacts
Necessary Contact Lenses
Boxes of Disposable Contacts
After $15 copay, 100% up to plan limits
Up to $150
Up to $150
Up to $150
Up to $210
Laser Vision Correction 15% of usual and customary price for Laser Vision Network of America providers n/a

Note that your medical plan may offer some limited eye care coverage. Details on each are available from the Medical Plans page.

With UnitedHealthcare's Vision Plan, you can also take advantage of a hearing aid discount program. This program allows you to purchase high-quality, digital hearing aids at meaningful savings over retail through hiHealthInnovations™. You can learn more about this program by visiting www.hihealthinnovations.com or call 1-855-523-9355.

To learn more about the voluntary vision program, view the United HealthCare Benefits FastFacts.

Cost of Coverage

You can choose among three coverage levels. Provided below are monthly premium rates for each of these coverage levels. The premiums you pay are deducted from your paycheck after taxes (post-tax).

You Only You and 1 Dependent You and Family
$5.25/month $9.44/month $14.88/month

How to Enroll

  • Visit www.jhuvoluntarybenefits.com.
  • Follow the brief instructions to access and complete your enrollment.
  • Send no money. Your premium payment will be conveniently handled through payroll deduction. If you enroll on or before the 15th day of the month, your coverage will generally become effective on the first of the following month. If you enroll after the 15th day of the month, your coverage will become effective the first of the next subsequent month.
  • Call 1-866-795-9362, Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern standard time with questions.