Introduction the URA-AFT Vision Care Reimbursement Pilot Program

{eyeglasses clipart}Rutgers University provides a benefit for vision care to its employees, but it is not enough to cover all the costs; and it does not cover frames—only lenses.  Rutgers’ management team refused to increase the benefit during union contract negotiations.

Article 55 “Vision Care Program” of the of the URA contract states that:

Full-time employees covered under this agreement and their eligible dependents (unmarried children under the age of 23) are eligible to participate in the Vision Care Program established by the University. This program shall provide for up to a $45 reimbursement for single vision corrective lenses and up to a $50 reimbursement for bifocal or trifocal corrective lenses.  Employees and eligible dependents are entitled to receive one reimbursement for lenses purchased over a two year period, with each two year period determined by the University.

The URA’s “Vision Care Reimbursement Pilot Program” will reimburse signed, full-dues URA-AFT members up to the same maximum amount provided by the Rutgers University Vision Care Plan on the balance of the total eligible expenses for the member and any eligible dependent. Claims are processed on a first-come first-served basis (up to and including the total amount approved in the URA-AFT annual budget). URA-AFT Officers and members will decide to extend or modify the program after the pilot.