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Navigating Eye Care Benefits: FAQs for IBEW Local 424 Health & Welfare Members

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If you’re a member of the Electrical Workers Benefit Plan through the Employee Benefit Funds Administration (EBFA) and part of the IBEW Local 424 Health & Welfare Benefits, you’re likely keen on maximizing your eye care benefits. To ensure you make the most of your optical eyewear and optometry services, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions by potential members like you.

What Eye Care Services Are Covered Under the Electrical Industry Insurance Benefit Trust Fund?

Understanding the extent of your eye care coverage is crucial. The coverage encompasses prescription glasses, contact lenses prescribed by an optometrist, and comprehensive eye examinations, all administered by qualified optometrists. Explore the comprehensive list of services provided by the Electrical Industry Insurance Benefit Trust Fund to make informed decisions about your optical well-being.

How Can I Locate Participating Optometry Services and Eyewear Providers?

Efficiency is key when it comes to eye exam services and eyewear, EyeCare Group is able to assist with billing insurance to the Employee Benefit Funds Administration submission, on behalf of the members that are part of the EBFA network. This ensures a seamless experience when seeking routine check-ups or selecting new eyewear.

Are Prescription Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses Covered?

Clarity on the coverage of prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses is essential. Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses prescribed by an optometrist are covered for both the plan member and their dependents, with a maximum coverage of $500 per person. Progressive  lenses, computer lenses and many more options. Uncover the specifics of your benefits to determine whether your preferred eyewear options are covered, allowing you to make informed choices based on your needs.

Is Vision Correction Surgery Covered Under the Benefit Plan?

For those considering laser eye correction surgery, it’s vital to know if such procedures are covered. Laser eye surgery is covered through the Electrical Industry Insurance Benefit Trust Fund of Alberta. The plan members and dependents must be over the age of 18 and the services must be performed by an ophthalmologist. The EyeCare Group lead optometrist will conduct post-work to assess if the individual is a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. Get insights into whether your EBFA plan extends to cover vision correction surgeries, providing you with options for long-term visual wellness.

Your eye health is a priority, and being well-informed about your health benefits as a member of IBEW Local 424 Health & Welfare Benefits is the first step towards optimal eye care.  Make the most of the services provided by the Electrical Industry Insurance Benefit Trust Fund. For additional details and specific queries, visit IBEW Local 424 Health & Welfare Benefits.

Written by Kristiena Bobocel

Kristiena joined the Eye Care Group family business shortly after graduation while working on a degree in ophthalmics from NAIT. Over the years, Kristiena has worked in every aspect of the family business, from dispensing glasses and instructing contacts, to cutting and edging glasses and eventually taking on administrative duties.
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