The Red River College benefits program provides coverage under applicable options for visioncare. The visioncare benefit provides coverage for the following:
- Eye examinations when performed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist
- Glasses or contact lenses provided by a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or optician
- Laser eye surgery when performed by a licensed ophthalmologist
The coverage including co-insurance and benefit maximum varies by option. Please refer to the Canada Life Flex Benefits Booklet for coverage levels and details.
Visioncare During COVID-19
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that you may not feel comfortable purchasing prescription eye ware in person. Canada Life will accept internet purchases for prescription lenses/eyeware purchased over the Internet, provided the paid invoice/receipt includes the following details of the purchase for prescription lenses:
- Date of service
- Type of lenses supplied
- Name of the provider or name of the online optical company/optical company
For online purchases, the paid invoice must detail that the purchase is for prescription lenses/eyewear.
Note: An online eclaim via GroupNet cannot be submitted for purchases made outside of Canada, instead a paper claim is required by mail or the upload documents option must be used.
The above is a summary of the provisions of the group plan. In the event of a discrepancy between this benefit and the master contract, the terms of the group contract will apply.
Supporting Your Wellness
With everything we take on in our regular routines, over time we can experience stress and our brains become more cluttered and inefficient. When we factor in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are even more susceptible to burnout.
As employees, we need to recharge and take vacation as it helps our body to reset its operating system. Even with travel restrictions in place, we can still reap the benefits of taking a vacation or “stay-cation” to relax, refresh and recharge. When we don’t take regular vacation, it can negatively impact the following:
- Cardiovascular health
- Reaction times and the ability to pay attention
By allowing ourselves to get away from our responsibilities and routines, having time to unwind and remove any occupational stressors can help increase our “emotional agility, develop empathy and inspire creativity”. Furthermore, it can be the shared experiences with friends and family, while maintaining physical distancing, that provide the biggest benefits over the long run. Learn more about the benefits of vacation by visiting homeweb.ca.
If you need to speak to someone for assistance on managing accumulated stress, you can access confidential support 24/7 through the Homewood Health Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Your EFAP can help with a variety of situations such as stress, anxiety, life change and transitions, relationship concerns, etc. Your full suite of EFAP services includes counselling, Life Smart Coaching and Online resources.
The EFAP is a professional and confidential service to support you in all aspects of your life. Click here to review the Homewood Health EFAP resources available to you and to get contact information.