Faculty and Staff enrolled in a Northwestern-sponsored PPO medical plan – Premier, Select, or Value – can take advantage of the discounts available under the Blue365 discount program at no additional cost. Blue365 is a vision services discount program sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield; it is not a vision insurance plan. BlueCross BlueShield utilizes two provider networks, EyeMed Vision Care and Davis Vision.
The EyeMed vision care discount through Blue365 is a completely separate program from our regular vision insurance through EyeMed. The two cannot be used together. If you are enrolled in the regular EyeMed vision insurance, the coverage is richer than this discount plan. In that case you will want to provide your 7-digit employee ID number (on Wildcard) to the vision vendor to make sure they bill the appropriate coverage (rather than your BCBS ID number). You can use the discount program on a new transation after you have exhaused your regular vision coverage.
The EyeMed vision care discount program through Blue365 is outlined below.
*A complete pair of glasses (frame, lenses, and lens options) must be purchased in the same transaction to receive full discount.
The Davis Vision discount also cannot be used with the regular EyeMed vision insurance. It can be used after the EyeMed coverage is exhausted.
Additional information is available at www.blue365deals.com
Faculty and Staff enrolled into the HMO Illinois medical plan have vision coverage included with their medical plan. This coverage is separate from our stand alone vision insurance through EyeMed. In addition, members may receive additional discounts on remaining balances after the vision coverage has been applied, or exhausted.
HMO Illinois members have the following benefits already included in their medical plan:
*Please note members can have a combination of exam, frame, and lenses, or exam, frame, and contacts. Members cannot receive both lenses and contacts lenses in the same 24-month period.
The following discounts are also included with the vision coverage for HMO Illinois enrollees:
For questions, please contact BCBS at (800) 327-8497.