TMCNet:  Anthem Partnership with 1-800 CONTACTS Means Year-End Savings for Anthem Members

[November 14, 2012]

Anthem Partnership with 1-800 CONTACTS Means Year-End Savings for Anthem Members

RICHMOND, Va. --(Business Wire)--

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 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.

Anthem members can save $20 off a purchase of $100 or more, plus free shipping at 1-800 CONTACTS and Glasses.com. Anthem 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 C. Burke King, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "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 www.anthem.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" an its www.contacts.com web site. The company also offers frames and lenses through its glasses.com web site.


About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. (serving Virginia excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123.). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliated HMOs, HealthKeepers, Inc., Peninsula Health Care, Inc. and Priority Health Care, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com.

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.


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