Postdoctoral Fellows - Vision Coverage

Vision Benefits

All Postdoctoral Fellows and their covered dependents who participate in any of Columbia’s medical plans are covered by a basic vision benefit.

Effective January 1, 2023: For enhanced vision benefits, you can elect to purchase optional UHC vision coverage in place of the basic vision coverage for you and your covered dependents. You do not have to be enrolled in a medical plan to purchase this coverage. 

To search for a vision provider, log in to myuhc.com, go to the “COVERAGE & BENEFITS” tab, scroll to Vision and click on "Find a Vision Provider."

Basic Vision Coverage

Choice Plus 80:

Adults: One exam every 12 months with a $10 copay.

Children:* One exam every 12 months with a $10 copay.

Benefits apply to both In-Network and Out-of-Network.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.
Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

Choice Plus 80:

Adults:** Every 24 months, $20 allowance for single lenses, $30 for bifocal, $40 for trifocal or $75 for lenticular.

Children:* Lenses covered in full every 12 months. More frequently if medically necessary.

Benefits apply to both In-Network and Out-of-Network.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.
** Available for either frames and lenses or contact lenses.
Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

Choice Plus 80:

Adults:** $30 allowance every 24 months.

Children:* Up to $100 covered in full every 12 months. More frequently if medically necessary. Cost above $100 covered at 60%.

Benefits apply to both In-Network and Out-of-Network.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.
** Available for either frames and lenses or contact lenses.
Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

Choice Plus 80:

Adults:** $75 allowance every 24 months.

Children:* Single purchase of a pair of contact lenses or 1 box of contact lenses per eye covered at 100% every 12 months.

Benefits apply to both In-Network and Out-of-Network.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.
** Available for either frames and lenses or contact lenses.
Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

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Beginning Jan 1, 2023:

Optional Vision Plan

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19

Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19

Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.
*** 30% discount available at most participating provider locations (in network)—may exclude certain frame manufacturers.

Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

* Child is defined as a member less than age 19.

Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

Note: Provider might require payment in full at the time of service. The patient then submits a claim to UHC for reimbursement.

Information Notice

ID Card

UHC ID cards have member information for medical, vision, and prescription drug coverage. You do not need separate cards for each benefit. After enrolling in a medical plan, it can take three weeks for a UHC ID card to arrive in your mail. If necessary, you can print a temporary UHC ID card two weeks after enrolling. Create an account on myuhc.com to print a temporary ID card. Use your Social Security Number, date of birth, and Group number 712790.