Vision + Hearing
Add clarity to your life.
The Carewell SEIU 503 Vision + Hearing benefit provides access to vision and hearing services for no monthly premium.
Vision benefits are insured by Ameritas through the VSP Choice Network. There is no charge for an annual exam if you use an in-network provider. If a provider does not bill Ameritas directly, you will need to pay up front and submit for reimbursement. Review the benefit summary for more information.
Hearing benefits are available through Ameritas SoundCare. SoundCare is not tied to a network. You can go to any provider. You are eligible for up to a $75 allowance per 12-month period for a comprehensive hearing exam. You will likely need to pay up front for services and submit for reimbursement. Review the benefit summary for more information.
LASIK benefits are available through Ameritas LASIK Advantage. LASIK Advantage is not tied to a network. You can go to any provider. The maximum lifetime benefit you are eligible to receive per eye is $500. You will likely need to pay upfront for services and submit for reimbursement. Review the benefit summary for more information.
Important Things to Know
- The Carewell SEIU 503 Vision, Hearing, and LASIK benefit is premium-free for eligible homecare workers and personal support workers — there is no monthly bill for you to pay.
- You are automatically enrolled into this benefit once you are eligible.
- Family members cannot be added to this plan.
- You may not use the Benefit Convenience Card to pay for any expense related to your Vision + Hearing benefits.
Check your Eligibility
To find out your eligibility instantly, answer a few questions on the eligibility questionnaire.
To be eligible for Carewell SEIU 503 Dental, Vision + Hearing, and Employee Assistance Program benefits you must:
Work 40 or more hours a month of bargaining unit work for two months in a row. There is then a one month waiting period while your hours are reported to the Benefits Administrative Office
Turn in your timesheets and/or payroll vouchers on a regular basis
When we talk about the number of “working hours” you need to be eligible for Carewell benefits, that means the hours paid by DHS and/or PPL on behalf of your consumer.
If you go two months in a row without working (or if zero hours are reported), after a grace period of one month you will no longer be eligible for Dental, Vision + Hearing, and Employee Assistance Program benefits. To regain eligibility for Carewell SEIU 503 benefits, you must complete the steps above.
If you have questions about your eligibility please call the Benefits Administrative Office at 1-844-507-7554, option 3, option 2
You do not need to enroll yourself into Dental, Vision + Hearing, or Employee Assistance Program benefits! You will be automatically enrolled into these benefits once you are eligible. The Benefits Administrative Office must receive your name, gender, Social Security Number and current address to provide you with your benefits.
Once you are enrolled in Carewell SEIU 503 Vision + Hearing benefits you will be sent vision, hearing, and LASIK cards in a plain white large envelope.
Use This Benefit
Make an appointment
Be sure to confirm that your vision provider is in-network before seeking services and carefully review the benefit summary for information about possible out-of-pocket expenses like copays and co-insurances. Carewell SEIU 503 does not reimburse you for additional costs and you cannot use the Benefit Convenience Card for vision or hearing expenses, so check with your provider about procedures that are not fully covered.
Find a provider
Find a provider in the VSP Choice Network by going to VSP’s website at vsp.com/eye-doctor or by calling 1-800-877-7195.
You can go to any provider or facility for hearing services! There is no network tied to the hearing benefit. You will likely need to pay upfront and submit for reimbursement.
You can go to any provider or facility for LASIK services! There is no network tied to the LASIK benefit. You will likely need to pay up front and submit for reimbursement.
Keep This Benefit
You do not need to reapply or re-enroll — as long as you do not go two months in a row without bargaining unit work (or reporting zero hours) you will remain eligible for Dental, Vision + Hearing, and Employee Assistance Program benefits. You will not receive new cards.
Loss of eligibility
If you go two calendar months in a row without bargaining unit work (or reporting zero hours), after a grace period of one calendar month you will no longer be eligible for Dental, Vision + Hearing, and Employee Assistance Program benefits unless you’ve regained your eligibility.
If you lose eligibility, you can enroll into COBRA continuation coverage. Contact the Benefits Administrative Office for more information.
If you would like to opt out of Dental, Vision + Hearing, and Employee Assistance Program benefits you can complete the waiver form.
Benefits Waiver Form (Digital)
If you go to a provider outside of the VSP Choice Network you will need to pay up front and submit for reimbursement. Please review the benefit summary carefully to see the benefit levels when going to an out-of-network vision provider.
You will likely need to pay up front for hearing services and submit for reimbursement.
You will likely need to pay up front for LASIK services and submit for reimbursement. Note that this form is only for LASIK services, not other vision services like an annual eye exam, lenses, or frames.
Contact Information and Resources
Benefits Administrative Office
1-844-507-7554, option 3, option 2
Reasons to contact the Benefits Administrative Office:
- Questions about eligibility for the Vision + Hearing benefit
- You did not receive your vision, LASIK, or hearing cards
Reasons to contact Ameritas:
- Find an eye doctor near you
- Questions about services/materials covered under this plan
- You need a new card
Frequently Asked Questions
Read common questions about the Carewell Vision+Hearing benefit. See the FAQs page for more information.
Where can I find if a vision provider is in the VSP Choice network?
You can visit VSP’s website at vsp.com/eye-doctor or call 1-800-877-7195.
How much time do I have to submit a reimbursement claim?
You must submit a reimbursement claim form within 90 days from the date of service. For example, if you purchase eyeglasses from an out-of-network provider you will have 90 days to submit the VSP Member Reimbursement Claim Form. Call Ameritas at 1-800-255-4931 to find out more about how much you will be reimbursed if you go to an out-of-network provider.
Can I add my spouse or other family members?
No. Carewell SEIU 503 benefits are available only to eligible homecare and personal support workers.