; Empire BlueCross BlueShield Partnership With 1-800 CONTACTS Means Year-End Savings For Empire Members: Don’t Lose Sight Of Unused Flexible Spending Or Health Savings Dollars
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Empire BlueCross BlueShield Partnership With 1-800 CONTACTS Means Year-End Savings For Empire Members: Don’t Lose Sight Of Unused Flexible Spending Or Health Savings Dollars

November 12, 2012

NEW YORK – Empire BlueCross BlueShield has teamed up with 1-800 CONTACTS and Glasses.com to give our members exclusive savings on their vision needs. This offer will make it easy for members to use unspent Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account dollars before the end of the year.

Empire members can save $20 off a purchase of $100 or more, plus free shipping at 1-800 CONTACTS and Glasses.com. Empire members do not have to have vision coverage to take advantage of the deal. This offer is available to all plan members.

“Earlier this year, we announced our partnership with 1-800 CONTACTS, a company known for its low prices and reputation of excellent customer service,” said Mark Wagar, President and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield. “Now, we are pleased to offer our members a discount on the exceptional deals already offered by 1-800 CONTACTS and Glasses.com - reinforcing our commitment to providing our members with the best health care value.”

To receive the discount, members will need to log onto empireblue.com and click on “Discounts.” Then, click on “Vision, Dental and Hearing” to access the discount through Special Offers. Once there, click on “Redeem” and it will take the member directly to 1-800 CONTACTS or Glasses.com. The $20 discount and free shipping will be automatically applied at the time of purchase. Members can use their Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Account to pay for their purchases of contact lenses or glasses.

1-800 CONTACTS offers consumers a convenient and affordable way to purchase contact lenses through its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number, “1-800 CONTACTS” and its www.contacts.com web site. The company also offers frames and lenses through its glasses.com web site.

About Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Serving New Yorkers for over 75 years, Empire BlueCross BlueShield is the largest health insurer in New York supporting nearly six million members and more than 38,000 business, union and small employers in New York. Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Additional information about Empire is available at www.empireblue.com . Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInEmpire , or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

About 1-800 CONTACTS
1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. is the largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States. The company stocks more than 15 million contact lenses and delivers over 200,000 every day directly to customers. 1-800 CONTACTS has delivered over 25 million orders to more than 8 million customers since the company was created in 1995. The company offers all soft contact lenses produced by major manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson, CIBA Vision, Bausch & Lomb, and Cooper Vision. 1-800 CONTACTS is the leading direct marketer of contact lenses, capturing two-thirds of all online sales. Through its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number “1-800 CONTACTS” (1-800-266-8288) and award-winning website, the company ships approximately 98 percent of its orders within one business day of receipt and verification of prescriptions. High volume and cost-efficient operations enable 1-800 CONTACTS to offer products at competitive prices while delivering exceptional customer service. In fact, customer service is the primary mission and the very soul of the organization. 1-800 CONTACTS was born out of the need for a better customer experience. That’s why every decision made and dollar spent begins and ends with the customer in mind. In 2011, 1-800 CONTACTS launched Glasses.com to extend the mission of superior customer service to glasses wearers. Like 1-800 CONTACTS, Glasses.com is committed to the highest standard of customer service, offering free In-Home Try-On, free shipping and free returns. Glasses.com will be positioned to become the leading online retailer of name-brand glasses by providing superior customer service, convenience, and innovative solutions to the consumer glasses buying process.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.