Vision Plan


Vision Service Plan (VSP) (Group #30059426) is the vision plan provider and will provide administration of vision benefits and claims on behalf of the employer-paid California State University (CSU) Vision Plan. Employees who are eligible for benefits will be automatically enrolled in the basic plan which is employer paid.  Employees also have the option of enrolling in the VSP Premium Plan (Group #30077022) which involves a monthly premium to the employee.  To enroll in the VSP Premium Plan, click on the link


Employees of the State of California whose appointment is at least six months and one day (tenure) and at least half-time (time base) may sign up for the CalPERS Health Benefit Program. In addition, lecturers or coaches with a time base of .40 or greater who are appointed for an academic year or two quarter appointment are eligible.  Please download the Lecturer Benefit Eligibility Criteria (PDF) for additional information.

Who’s Eligible? 

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried, natural, stepchildren, or adopted children under the age of 26
  • Domestic partners (contact Human Resources for more information)
  • Economically dependent children
  • More Convenient Customer Service Hours
    VSP offers extended customer service hours, and their representatives are available Monday - Friday,  5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via their toll-free telephone number: (800) 877-7195.
  • Account Information Access  
    VSP has an automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system and Website that is available 24 hours a day, for the purposes of providing personalized information on eligibility, plan coverage, past service, online messaging to customer service, as well as information regarding doctors in the VSP Select Network. The VSP website is:
  • Commitment to Eye Health
    VSP has developed a comprehensive Eye Health Management Program that includes: eye education, Patient Eyecare Report, Diabetes Awareness Program, communication with participants’ Primary Care Physician (PCP), and Eye on Health, an annual eye wellness newsletter.

Plan Premium

There is no monthly premium for the basic plan. The basic vision plan is currently employer-paid. There is a monthly premium for the VSP Premier Plan: Employee = $4.33/mo. Employee + 1= $16.33/mo. Employee + 2 or more = $30.52/mo.

Choice of Providers

You may select any licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or dispensing optician to provide services covered under this benefit, including such providers outside of California. However, the highest benefit is received when using a participating provider from the VSP Provider list. The participating provider will verify benefits and eligibility and obtain authorization from Vision Service Plan (VSP).

Access Benefits

Employees may complete an online member registration enrollment to create a user identification (ID) and password, for the purpose of viewing his/her vision benefits at There are no ID cards or filling out a claim form under this plan. The employee only needs to provide the Group #30059426. Forms can be downloaded for an out-of-network reimbursement form (PDF) or CVC claim form (Computer Vision Glasses).

Benefit Plan Enhancements

An overview of the program can be found in the CSU VSP Premium Plan.     


A $10 co-payment is required for an exam. $10 co-payment for eyeglass prescription.

Video Display Terminal (VDT) Benefit

All active employees (dependents are not eligible) who utilize a video display terminal four (4) or more hours per day on a regular basis as provided in their job description shall be eligible for the VDT program as follows:  Eye Exam, Lenses and Frames every other calendar year.  Frames are covered up to $95.  The Eye Exam and Lenses are covered in full.

1New lenses will be approved and replaced every calendar year if at least one of the following criteria is met:

*  The new prescription differs from the original by at least a .50 dopter sphere or cylinder
*  There is a change in the axis of 15 degrees or more
*  A difference in vertical prism greater than one prism diopter

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