Get Your Annual Eye Exam

Regular eye exams are important!

An eye exam allows your eye care professional to get a sneak peek at the blood vessels at the back of your eye. This can help in the early detection of diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Your eye exam is one of the most important preventive care services available to you!

Your annual eye exam is now an eligible task on the Two-Step Wellness Program Checklist. If you enrolled in the A&M Care Plan after September 1, 2020, you and your eligible spouse can complete two tasks from your Personalized Checklists in FY22 to receive the lowest premium on your medical insurance premium in FY23! Retirees and Graduate Student employees on the Grad Plan already receive the lower premium and are not eligible to participate. New employees receive a grace period of the plan year in which they enroll plus an additional plan year before they are eligible to participate.

Vision Benefits Explained

Did you know that you have vision coverage under both your medical plan and the optional vision plan if enrolled?

The optional vision plan is administered by Superior Vision. It provides coverage for eye exams, eyeglass frames and lenses, and contact lenses. The vision plan also provides discounts on some eye surgeries such as LASIK.

The A&M Care plans and the Graduate Student Employee Health Plan are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and also provide coverage for one preventive eye exam per person, per plan year. A copay, if in-network, will apply. These plans do not cover vision correction materials. However, BCBSTX offers discounts on exams, frames, lenses and laser vision services through Davis Vision, Inc. and EyeMed Vision Care.

You may use either your medical plan or your vision plan exam benefit. When determining the best place to get your eye exam, consider where you plan to purchase your lenses or contacts. Upon your request, your physician or optometrist should provide you with your prescription, allowing you to have it filled at the provider of your choice.

An in-network visit to your optometrist may result in the following costs:

• Preventive exam with dilation as necessary – 100% covered after a $20 copay, covered by your medical plan
• Contact lens fit and follow-up – $0 copay
• Contact lenses – $150 retail allowance, if you do not get eyeglass frames and lenses
• Eyeglass Frames and lenses – discounted by Davis Vision or EyeMed Vision Care

Health Care Flexible Spending Account

Did you know that you can use your health care flexible spending account (FSA) dollars to purchase prescription eyeglasses, prescription contact lenses and prescription sunglasses? These funds can be used for the portion of the expense not paid by insurance such as copays or amounts over the allowance. File a claim or use your FSA debit care when you need new glasses!

Superior Vision Updates

MetLife announced in September that is has entered into an agreement to acquire Versant Health, the owner of the marketplace brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision. Superior Vision is the A&M System vision insurance plan provider. The transaction will expand the network of providers and plan options, according to the company’s news release. The change will not affect your plan coverage or premium.

New Online Retailer

Superior vision has partnered with another online retailer: befitting. Befitting is a new vision accessories company that uses artificial intelligence to help customers find glasses that best suit their face. This is accomplished by offering a variety of options for size, fit, bridge fit, shape, gender and more. How to get started on befitting:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Shop with Insurance” in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your information.
  4. You will receive a confirmation that states “Welcome! Your vision insurance has been verified and you’ll see your exclusive member savings as you shop.”
  5. Return to the shopping page.
  6. Find your pair of glasses.

Superior Vision also has partnerships with, ContactsDirect, and 1-800-Contacts.

Optician, Optometrist, Opthalmologist

What’s the difference between an optician, optometrist, and an ophthalmologist?


An ophthalmologist, or “eye M.D.” is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. An ophthalmologist is licensed to practice both medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders.
While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, some specialize in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care. This person is called a subspecialist. Subspecialties may include glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology, plastic surgery and more.


Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. This is probably who you are seeing for your eye appointments!


Opticians are simply technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.
Source: American Association for Pediatric Opthalmology and Strabismus

Getting Ready for Open Enrollment 2020

Open Enrollment is right around the corner and it is a great time to review your benefits. How often did you go to the dentist this past year? Are you filling maintenance prescriptions that might be cheaper through mail order? Did you complete your two-step wellness incentive tasks? These are questions to consider when thinking about next year’s benefit elections.

IMPORTANT: All Open Enrollment meetings will be virtual this year!

Due to COVID-19, System Benefits Administration has made the decision to conduct virtual open enrollment meetings by Webex Presentations throughout the month of July. A calendar is posted on the Open Enrollment website and below with information on how to attend your virtual Open Enrollment meeting. Please record this information in advance so you are ready to either call in or log into your meeting by computer.

Here are plan updates for September 1:

  1. The A&M Care full-time premiums are remaining the same for the 5th year in a row; however, other plan premiums, including part-time premiums and the graduate student plan premiums, are changing. Please review the premium sheets found on the A&M System Benefits Open Enrollment website.
  2. Family, group, and marriage counseling will now be covered by the A&M Care, J and 65+ health insurance plans.
  3. A new coverage tier is being added to the A&M Care 65 Plus and A&M Care Plans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas-designated Blue Distinction Centers have a proven record of delivering specialty care and results. Blue Distinction Center care includes the following categories: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee/hip replacement, spine surgery, and transplants. This tier will be covered at 90% coinsurance for inpatient services. The benefits of the Blue Distinction Centers are available to 65 PLUS plan members, but there is no plan savings since, in most cases, Blue Cross and Blue Shield pays what Medicare does not pay for inpatient hospitalizations.
  4. Polycarbonate lenses and standard anti-reflective lenses are now covered in full for participants and dependents enrolled in the vision plan.
  5. The vision premium will have a small increase $.60 per month for employee only and $1.72 for employee and family and include the above additional coverage.
  6. Every 6 years, the A&M System Benefits Administration office is required to bid the insurance plans. This year, during the Request for Proposal process, a new Life Insurance carrier was selected. The Hartford will be the new carrier for FY21, however, there will be no plan changes.
  7. The MDLIVE Virtual Visits copay will decrease from $20 to $10 for the A&M Care, J, and 65 Plus plans. Virtual Visits is a way to conduct doctor’s or behavioral health appointments for non-emergency conditions by phone, video, or the MDLIVE app 24/7. To register for MDLIVE, go to and enter the information found on your ID card.
  8. Dependent Life Insurance Plan B has been split into Spouse Life B and Child Life B. This change has not changed the coverage amount and slightly lowered the premium for some enrollees. The premium is now: Spouse Plan B – $1.05; Child Plan B – $0.32 (for one or multiple children).
  9. The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account maximum annual election will increase from $2,700 to $2,750.
  10. The credit hour requirements for voluntary graduate students will be changed from 6 to 5 hours. Continuation coverage for the Graduate Student employee Plan (Grad Plan) will be reduced from 6 months to 3 months.
  11. During a recent records audit, we determined there is no provision to name an alternate beneficiary for Dependent Life Insurance. The beneficiary is the employee or retiree, and if deceased as well, the benefit will go to the estate.
  12. Livongo for diabetes and hypertension, Omada for pre-diabetes and pre-hypertension, and Hinge Health for musculoskeletal conditions are being added as Blue Cross and Blue Shield partner programs. These programs are based on eligibility or diagnosis, and include digital tools to assist with these chronic conditions such as a scale or virtual therapy courses. There will be more information provided about these programs after September 1.


Virtual Open Enrollment Calendar and Meeting Presentation Schedule

July 1 – July 31

Below you will find the morning, afternoon, and Retiree Meeting presentation schedules. If your campus or agency meeting is shown on the calendar in the AM, use the AM Presentation schedule for reference. You may join the Webex at any time during the meeting to listen to the vendor presentation for which you are most interested. Click the calendar above, and click on your campus or agency name to quickly get to the Webex meeting for your event. You may also drop off the meeting at any time. You will need the Webex information below to dial in. You may also have received this information from your benefits office via email invite. Please record this information ahead of your meeting.

Call-in Information: 1.855.282.6330 (toll free)
Password: benefits

Access Codes:

TAMIU:  145 341 0876
TAMUCC: 145 785 9574
TAMU-HSC: 145 382 8386
TAMU-K: 145 824 7915?
TAMU (7/13): 145 609 6860
TAMU (7/14): 145 315 7150
TAMUS: 145 679 8555
AgriLife: 145 158 5324
TEEX/TFS/TTI: 145 241 9072
TEES/COE: 145 679 3032
Retiree Meeting: 145 623 6773
WTAMU:145 385 2677
PVAMU: 145 500 0676
TAMUSA: 145 440 6709?
TAMUCT/TAMUT: 145 959 8925
TAMUC: 145 261 3887
Tarleton: 145 863 7222

Need a New ID Card?

Misplacing your insurance ID cards can be a pain when trying to go to an appointment or get a prescription! You can follow the steps for each insurance plan below to get a new ID card, and then keep them all in one place. MyEvive also has the ability to save images of multiple ID cards, so all you need is your phone and the MyEvive app the next time you need your card. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
1. Log in to your Blue Access for Members account at
2. From your dashboard, click the image of the ID card on the left hand side.
3. You can print a paper copy of your ID card, or order one from this page!
4. If ordered, a new ID card will be mailed to the address on file within two weeks.

Express Scripts
Retirees on the 65 plus plan and their spouse will have separate ID Cards.
1. Log into your Express Scripts account.
2. Select the Account tab from the main menu.
3. Click Member ID Card.
4. Download your card from this screen.

Superior Vision
Although you are not always required to present your vision ID card, it is good to keep for your records.
1. Go to and select “Member Log in” in the top right.
2. Log in using your username and password.
3. From the home page, select Print ID Card from the menu.

All of these accounts can also be linked to MyEvive with single-sign-on capability! This means, once you log in through MyEvive once, you can go straight into your vendor account from the MyEvive app.