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Old Nov 15, 2023 at 12:16 PM
I'm on provincial disability benefits and working part time. The main reason I'm still on disability at all is to get drug, dental, and vision coverage as my employer doesn't offer it to part time employees.

Generally the benefits are good, with the exception of vision care. I had an accident and broke my glasses this week. Fortunately I have a back up pair as I'm blind without glasses. I got in touch with my case worker today, to see if I can get coverage for a new pair. Their standard is they'll pay for a new pair every 3 years, and it's only been about 18 months since I last got a new pair, but I explained the situation. Their response? If I need a new prescription, they'll pay for new lenses, and if I've broken the frames I need to bring the glasses into the office to prove they're broken and get authorization for new frames. Yes frames. I re-confirmed with them, and they'll pay for frames but not lenses. I guess they're thinking that somehow my lenses can be fitted into new frames. And they'll authorize a max. of 35 for frames, which is so low that it won't even cover a super cheap pair. Honestly at this rate, I don't understand why they even pretend to have coverage.


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Old Nov 15, 2023 at 01:27 PM
You might find your old frames are still available.

With my prescription, my glasses are usually well over $500, so yeah $35 is ridiculous.
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Old Nov 23, 2023 at 05:25 PM
Health care in this country is in the toilet and has been for decades it seems. $35 is a joke. My eye exams are covered but not glasses (except for a measly discount). The frames often cost more than lenses. You might be able to get your lenses in new frames. Iíve done that before.

My glasses are a necessity, not a fashion accessory. I canít even drive without them and itís on my license too. They donít cover certain types of tints or lenses, etc. They cover glasses for those up to age 21, as if those older have perfect vision. Itís about money Iím sure. They shouldnít even claim to have vision care, youíre right. And itís a disgrace part time people donít get benefits and even full time people donít sometimes.

Speaking of glasses, thereís a class action lawsuit against LensCrafters about their AccuFit glasses. Itís for September 2013 - September 2023, 10 years! I donít know if I ever had them but if so I wouldnít have saved the receipt 10 years in case thereís a class action lawsuit! And most of the money goes to the lawyers.

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Old Nov 24, 2023 at 04:29 PM
That really surprises me that they only cover glasses every 3 yrs. Thatís an incredibly long time. Eyes can change before then. Wow, $35 is low. I get my glasses online. Their frames start at $25. But thereís no way I know of to use your lenses online. Youíd have to go to a brick and mortar store and order the same frames. Wow.

Iím in the USA and I have a covered exam every year. And every year my prescription has changed. My insurance used to cover glasses up to I think it was $125 but recently changed it to $100 every 18months. They stopped their otc benefits too. Iím right now finding out which plan to accept for the new year. Itís so complicated.

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