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  • Voting closes for ERS Board of Trustees election
    5/4/2017

    Voting for the ERS Board of Trustees election has closed. Look for results on May 10, 2017!

    2017 Summer Enrollment is coming soon!
    5/4/2017

    Summer Enrollment for employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare takes place from June 26 through July 28, 2017. Summer Enrollment occurs in two-week phases and you will have an opportunity to make or change your benefit elections when your state agency or higher education institution’s two-week window opens.

    May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
    5/4/2017

    May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Living with asthma is not always easy, but there are ways you can manage the symptoms.

    The Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program Newsletter Makes Its Online Debut
    5/4/2017

    In April, the Texa$aver Program newsletter, Tex Messages, made the leap from printed to digital delivery.

    A conversation with outgoing Board of Trustee Brian Ragland
    5/4/2017

    Brian Ragland decided not to seek another term on the ERS Board of Trustees because he believes that once you commit to something, you make a promise. A Board term is six years, “and there are too many unknowns for me,” Mr. Ragland said. “I didn’t want to commit, which is what I think you’re doing when you run.”

    Important Information About Your TexFlex Plan Administrator
    5/4/2017

    WageWorks, Inc. finalized the acquisition of ADP, LLC’s Spending Account business.

    Public Service Recognition Week is May 7-13, 2017
    5/4/2017

    The first week of May has been designated Public Service Recognition Week. It's a time to pay tribute to hard-working public servants at every level of government. 

    It’s still HealthSelect of Texas, but BCBSTX will be the new plan administrator
    5/4/2017

    If you are enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will replace United Healthcare as your health plan administrator on September 1, 2017.

    April wellness webinar
    4/4/2017

    Sleep4Health, a United at Work webinar, gives participants the tools and resources needed to sleep better and improve their health. 

    Get ready for 2017 Summer Enrollment
    3/31/2017

    You can prepare now for 2017 Summer Enrollment, which takes place June 26 through July 28. Start by verifying the contact and other information you have on file at ERS

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    2017 Summer Enrollment is coming soon!

    Summer Enrollment for employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare takes place from June 26 through July 28, 2017. Summer Enrollment occurs in two-week phases and you will have an opportunity to make or change your benefit elections when your state agency or higher education institution’s two-week window opens.

    About a week before that time, ERS will mail a Personal Benefits Enrollment Statement (PBES) to you. Your PBES lists your personal information and current benefits, information about your Summer Enrollment phase dates, general information about options available to you and any premium or benefit changes.

    Be sure to review your PBES carefully. If you have no changes, do nothing. Your elections from the previous year will continue through the next plan year

    Adding dependents

    If you are adding children to your Group Benefit Plan (GBP) coverage for the first time, you will need to certify that they are eligible for insurance. This is called the Dependent Child Certification process and is completed online when you enroll them. You only need to complete this process once per child.

    If you are going to add a spouse or child to your health plan, you must provide evidence that they are your eligible dependents. This is called the Dependent Eligibility Verification process and is completed after enrollment through our third-party administrator, Aon Hewitt. You will receive a packet in the mail with information on which dependents need to be verified, what documents you need to submit for each dependent and the submission due date. You only need to complete this process once per dependent.

    Important: Be sure to comply with this process or your dependents will not have coverage. 

    Visit the following link for more information: https://www.ers.state.tx.us/Customer_Support/Dependent_Eligibility_Verification/. On the right-hand side of that webpage is a list of frequently asked questions, including this one:

    If I need to verify my dependents, what should I do?

    If you have additional questions, you can call Aon Hewitt toll-free at (800) 987-6605, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 



    Published May 2, 2017

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