SCI Companies Offers Vision Care Benefits for PEO Clients Through Spectera

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SCI, a national leading Professional Employer Organization (PEO), announced today a joint initiative with Spectera, a UnitedHealth group (NYSE: UNH) company and one of the nation’s largest managed vision care programs, to offer a nationwide vision care plan that covers eye examinations, as well as the cost of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Regular eye exams and good vision is important to everyone. We look forward to providing SCI clients and their employees with access to high quality vision benefits.

SCI, a national leading Professional Employer Organization (PEO), announced today a joint initiative with Spectera, a UnitedHealth group (NYSE: UNH) company and one of the nation’s largest managed vision care programs, to offer a nationwide vision care plan that covers eye examinations, as well as the cost of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

This new plan is a voluntary employee paid plan for members and their eligible family members. The vision plan, administered by Spectera, allows members to pay for vision benefits on a pre-tax basis. Members do not need to be enrolled in any of SCI's health plans to participate in the vision plan.

Vision care is extremely popular; SHRM reports that 73% of organizations offer vision insurance. “According to the Vision Council of America, 70% of employees need vision correction,” said Henry Hardin, president & CEO, SCI. “The Spectera vision discount program allows our clients to offer an additional benefit that their employees will value.”

“We are excited to be the latest addition to SCI's comprehensive benefits portfolio. With a provider network consisting of more than 23,000 private practice and retail chain providers, Spectera is dedicated to providing quality vision benefits to SCI's clients and their employees nationwide,” said Lisa Hall, regional vice president, Spectera. “Regular eye exams and good vision is important to everyone. We look forward to providing SCI clients and their employees with access to high quality vision benefits.”

The Spectera vision program allows employees to choose from a nationwide network of private practice providers and retail optical providers such as Wal-Mart, Costco and Vision Works. Spectera participants and eligible family members will receive the maximum benefits on vision care from network providers. Participants may also visit non-network providers, although fees in excess of the allowances by the vision plan for covered services will be the participant’s responsibility.

Details about the Spectera vision program will be outlined in SCI’s Benefits Guidebook 2006-2007.

What is a PEO?

Professional employer organizations (PEOs) enable clients to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers' compensation. PEO clients focus on their core competencies to maintain and grow their bottom line. For free quotes on HR outsourcing, email SCI at info at scicompanies.com.

About SCI Companies

SCI Companies is a “Best in Class” provider of HR outsourcing, specializing in payroll, human resources, benefits and workers compensation administration. Founded in 1985, SCI is one of the largest privately held Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs) serving more than 1000 clients nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.scicompanies.com.

About Spectera

Spectera (http://www.spectera.com) provides affordable, innovative vision care benefits and services for more than 12 million people nationwide. The company was founded in 1964 and today is one of the top vision benefits companies in the United States. Spectera provides group vision care benefit plans through a network of more than 20,000 private practice and retail optical providers across the country. The company operates 54 vision care facilities – including United Optical retail stores – and an optical laboratory that will fill more than 600,000 prescriptions this year. Spectera’s regional offices are located across the nation.

Spectera is part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses. UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company based in Minneapolis, Minn. that is dedicated to making health care work better. UnitedHealth Group ranks No. 40 on the Fortune 100 and serves approximately 55 million individuals nationwide.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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