CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A comprehensive eye exam can lead to the earliest detection of vision problems such as cataracts and glaucoma as well as health conditions like diabetes and hypertension. To help prevent these health issues, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has added a stand-alone vision plan for its group health customers.

The new VisionBlue™ plan can be combined with medical, dental and pharmacy coverage to create an all-inclusive benefit package. And with a wide variety of co-pay amounts, VisionBlue is suited for any group coverage option, including high-deductible health plans.

Additionally, the VisionBlue network is designed to help groups of all sizes access convenient, quality vision care. With more than 460 locations in Tennessee, it’s larger than many other vision networks in the state and provides network savings of up to 40 percent off retail price—saving both members and employers money.

“We think our group customers will really benefit from the flexibility, expanded options and larger network of VisionBlue,” said Susan Emmett, dental and vision product manager for BlueCross. “This product was designed to respond to and meet customer demand for more cost-effective coverage.”

Among the advantages VisionBlue offers are:

• Complete benefits that cover all routine vision needs

• Expansive network including private practitioners and nationally known retail outlets

• Savings of up to 40 percent off retail price

With approximately 25 percent of customers making optical purchases on the weekend, convenience is an important part of a vision network. Extended night and weekend hours, available throughout the network’s retail outlets, allow VisionBlue members to use their vision benefits at a variety of easy-to-access eye care providers.

Additional benefits available to VisionBlue customers include online features such as an optician search tool, personal health analysis and a customized personal health center.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.