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The State of Ohio provides exempt employees who have more than one year of continuous state service with vision care benefits through Vision Service Plan (VSP) at no cost to the employee. The VSP Choice network encompasses a large number of providers. Employees and their family members who choose to receive services outside of the vision plan network are subject to a substantial reduction in benefits. 

Click here to see Vision information in effect prior to July 1, 2013

About Exempt Vision Coverage
General Contact

Department of Administrative Services
30 East Broad Street, 27th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-466-8857 Local
800-409-1205 Toll Free

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Claims Accordion

Claim Process

If a claim for benefits is denied, a written request may be submitted to VSP for a full review of the denial. This request must be made within 60 days of the denial. To exercise this option, call VSP at the toll-free number listed below to obtain details on procedures to follow.

You are guilty of insurance fraud if you submit an application or file a claim containing a false or deceptive statement, and have intent to defraud or know that you are facilitating a fraud against an insurer.

If you have questions about your vision care coverage or the filing of your claim, contact the VSP at 800-877-7195.

Coordination of Benefits (COB)

You and your family members may have coverage under more than one health vision plan, Coordination of Benefits (COB) is the procedure used to determine the amount of a claim that each plan should pay and to eliminate duplication of payment for services. 

How VSP Pays as Primary Plan versus Secondary Plan

If both husband and wife work for the State of Ohio – each is covered under their own separate benefit and they are prohibited from covering each other. Eligible children can only be covered under one parent.  

If husband and wife work for different employers and each are covering each other and the patient is the husband, his employer would be primary and his coverage through his spouse would be secondary. Same for the spouse, her coverage under her employer would be primary and her coverage through her spouse is secondary.  

COB for children when parents work for different employers – the parent whose birthday occurs first in the calendar year would be considered primary.

COB for children when parents are divorced with a court decree and both work for the State of Ohio – the children can be covered under one parent, even with a court decree stating that both parents must cover the children. The parent that is determined primary should be the parent who covers the children.

COB for children when parents are divorced with a court decree and work for different employers – the parent who is determined primary by the court would be primary. If the divorce decree does not specify who is primary, COB would be allowed and the birthday rule (the parent whose birthday is first in the calendar year) would determine which benefit plan is primary.