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Wyoming Vision Collaborative

Dept 4298, 1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: wyvision@uwyo.edu

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Financial Supports

There are options to help you pay for eye care for your child. This page will help you determine which options will work best for you. This information is also available as a downloadable PDF--FINANCIAL SUPPORTS FOR EYE CARE.


Foundation and public support

Some foundations and public organizations may be able to help pay for eye exams and eye care. To determine if this is an option for you, contact the following organizations:

  • Lions Clubs-Lions Clubs may provide financial assistance to those families who meet their income qualifications.
  • Sight for Students Program-Please contact your local school nurse for information about assistance in financing an examination and/or treatment.
  • InfantSee/Wyoming Optometric Association-InfantSEE is a public health program, managed by Optometry's Charity the American Optometry Foundation (AOA). AOA is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage. To find an InfantSEE provider in Wyoming, see a current listing.

Vision insurance plans

Vision insurance plans may be a way to help pay for eye exams and care. The following is a short list of plans, but these are not the only vision insurance programs available. To find out more, visit the following organizations:

The Affordable Care Act

All Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans have vision coverage available for children. But, families have to select the plan that is labeled “D”. This indicates that the plan includes dental, vision and hearing. All different plans, regardless of its classification as a Bronze, silver, or gold level insurance, have the “D” option. Within this plan, at the minimum it will cover a vision exam and one pair of glasses or contact lenses annually for children under age 19.

Health insurance plans for families purchased on the private market that are ACA compliant also have the plan “D” option. A private market plan is defined as any plan not enrolled in through healthcare.gov (and/or does not qualify for a subsidy, which is when you can get money to help you pay for insurance). Please note, families can sign up both through healthcare.gov or through the private market to purchase a separate vision insurance plan.

All insurance companies have to be an ACA compliant plan. However, there is one loophole to be aware of when signing up for insurance. Short term policies do not have to offer ACA compliance, and therefore they will not offer dental, vision, hearing coverage. Furthermore, people that want a short term policy can only qualify if they do not have any pre-existing conditions.

Wyoming insurance

The compliant insurance companies in Wyoming are:

  • Blue Cross/ Blue Shield (available on the ACA website)
  • Assurant (on private market, meaning cannot get a subsidy)

Qualifying for a subsidy

In order to qualify for a subsidy (money to help you pay for insurance) through ACA, a person or family must answer the following:

  1. Is anyone in the family offered health insurance through their employer? If so, then they do not get a subsidy.
  2. How many people are In the house. Based on number, they are given an amount for which their income.


There are different subsidy amounts awarded to families based on their income. These amounts are all based on the federal poverty chart. If a family falls under the below dollar amounts, they will not be penalized for not signing up for insurance. However, it is to their benefit to sign up for whatever government funded coverage is available. If you qualify for a subsidy, a family must go through healthcare.gov for insurance.

Subsidies (discounts) for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace may apply to people that make from 100% to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. For more information on subsidies visit: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacares-medicaid-expansion/  and http://obamacarefacts.com/federal-poverty-level/.

Income qualifications

If a family makes above the listed amounts (up to a certain cut off point), then they get a subsidy. The subsidy amount depends on your individual information and the federal poverty scale.

Number in your family Total income of you family
1 More than $11,670
2 More than $15,730
3 More than $19,790
4 More than $23,850
5 More than $27,910
6 More than $31,970
7 More than $36,030
8 More than $40,090

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid coverage is now offered to “individuals under 65 years of age with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For more information on coverage for individuals under 65 visit: http://www.medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/provisions/eligibility.html

*Please note, this is intended just as an initial guide to families to help people understand what resources are available to them. Call your local health agent and/or reference: www.healthcare.gov for the most up to date and accurate information. There are local health insurance agents around the state that can walk you through the process, step-by-step, free of charge. They are extremely helpful to help answer any specific questions you may have. All agents are listed on the healthcare.gov website. Enter your zip code, and a list of local agents will appear. On the left side of the screen, you can refine your results. It is recommended that you turn the setting, “Show Agents and Brokers in my results?” to the “On” setting. Again, all agents and brokers who are listed are free of charge.


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Wyoming Vision Collaborative

Dept 4298, 1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: wyvision@uwyo.edu

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