Reliance Standard Launches RSL Complete Dental+Vision Benefit Plan

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:24 AM Reliance Standard launches dental and vision benefit plan, NAVCP issues policy statement on ocular telemedicine, ECP revenues, eye exams and sales decline, Michael Hoster succeeds James Henne as publisher of Jobson's Review Group and VSP Global names Chris Enslin president of Eyefinity all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed. 

Versant Health Debuts New Eyecare Resource Center for Healthy Vision Month

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:24 AM BALTIMORE—In celebration of Healthy Vision Month in July, Versant Health has launched a new resource center providing tools that enable people to take command of their vision health. This is an important, “but often overlooked, indicator of overall health and wellness,” Versant Health said.

VSP Global Adds Kering Eyewear as Premier Program Strategic Partner

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced a new strategic partnership with Kering Eyewear, the company said, adding that "This will expand choice and offer exclusive benefits to practices participating in the VSP Global Premier Program.

Time Is Running Out—Nominate an Influential Woman in Optical

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Friday, June 19, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. But time is running out—the deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 26. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities. Make your nominations via this electronic survey form.

BrightBenefits Announces Partnership With Professional Golfer Davis Riley

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:18 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—BrightBenefits, a recently formed ancillary benefits insurance company specializing in vision and dental, has announced a marketing partnership with professional golfer Davis Riley, winner of the Korn Ferry Tour.

VM Extends Nominations Deadline for Most Influential Women in Optical

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday has extended the nominations deadline for The Most Influential Women in Optical to June 26. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting influential women and their accomplishments in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, May 29, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical; VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.  In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

UnitedHealthcare and GlassesUSA.com Agree to Network Relationship, Expanding UHC Members’ Online Access to Eyewear

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Friday, May 15, 2020 12:21 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans now have network access to GlassesUSA.com.  

Vision Benefits of America Expands its Interest-Free Loan Program to Assist Independent ODs in Ohio, New Jersey

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:18 AM PITTSBURGH—Vision Benefits of America Inc. (VBA), a commercial group benefits organization, has announced greater access to its Pennsylvania Optometric Emergency Assistance Program (POEAP) for independent ECPs. The program is designed to assist optometry businesses facing unprecedented challenges due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “VBA is proud to expand the reach of the POEAP to also support optometrists in New Jersey and Ohio,” VBA president and chief executive officer Jeff Hollowood said in the announcement.

Versant Health Names Kristyn Parzynski as Vice President of Labor Sales

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, has named Kristyn Parzynski as its new vice president, labor sales.

Vision Benefits of America to Offer Loans to Independent Practices in Pennsylvania Facing COVID-19 Related Challenges

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Monday, April 13, 2020 12:27 AM PITTSBURGH Pa.—Vision Benefits of America Inc. (VBA), a commercial group benefits organization, plans to announce today a new initiative for Pennsylvania optometric practices, the Pennsylvania Optometric Emergency Assistance Program. The new initiative is designed to assist optometry businesses “facing unprecedented challenges due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” according to the organization’s announcement. “VBA is proud to support Pennsylvania optometrists through its interest-free loan program,” VBA president and chief executive officer Jeff Hollowood said in the announcement. “While only a small-sized, regional non-profit carrier, VBA is privileged to offer funds totaling at least $1 million for continuation of business operations to optometric practices in our network.”

In Response to Pandemic, VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

VSP Vision Care Launches 'Eyeballs Are Amazeballs' 2020 Campaign

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Friday, January 31, 2020 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision Care announced the launch of its “Eyeballs Are Amazeballs” advertising campaign. Designed to celebrate our eyes, the national campaign encourages consumers to prioritize their eye health in 2020, including enrolling in a vision benefit plan and getting a comprehensive eye exam. The campaign creative and video honors all the amazing abilities of eyeballs, including serving as an important window into overall health, the company said. For those without vision benefits through an employer, the campaign points them to VSP Individual Vision Plans, which start as low as $13 a month, providing access to eyecare and eyewear through the country’s largest network of independent doctors. 

Versant Health’s First Vision Wellness Study Finds Americans Want More from Eyecare But Worry About the Costs

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:15 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health has released the results of its inaugural Vision Wellness Study, which explores Americans’ perceptions of eyecare and how it connects to and informs their overall health and wellness. The study explores the perceptions around a range of issues, from the frequency of eye exams, to highly valued vision services and cost-containment measures. The study found that most Americans will receive an eye exam in the next two years, if not sooner. Still, just 13 percent say they go to their eye doctor for both routine eyecare, such as glasses, and addressing potential symptoms of chronic conditions, despite the fact than an eye exam can non-invasively screen for upwards of 30 different chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.