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The following links will take you off the ERS website and to the websites of our benefit programs.

Health Insurance

Prescription Drug Coverage

Life and AD&D Insurance

  • Basic Term, Optional Term, Dependent Term and Retiree Fixed Optional Life Insurance;
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance Insured by Minnesota Life, an affiliate of Securian Financial Group, Inc.

Dental Coverage

Tax-advantaged Spending/Savings Accounts


Texas Income Protection PlanSM (TIPP)

  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance Administered by ReedGroup

State of Texas Vision

  • Administered by Superior Vision

Dependent Eligibility Verification

  • Administered by Alight Solutions

Discount Purchase Program

  • Administered by Beneplace
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01 Jul, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and IRS Notice 2020-29 allow for the following changes to TexFlexSM flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Please note that most changes apply only to FSAs, but one also applies to health savings accounts (HSAs). Learn about the rule changes.
01 Jul, 2020
Managing your weight can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start. Your HealthSelectSM plan includes weight management programs at no additional cost. Whether you’re spending more time at home or getting back to a routine, it’s the perfect time to focus on taking care of yourself.
01 Jul, 2020
On September 1, 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will manage mental health benefits for HealthSelectSM participants, replacing Magellan Healthcare®. More than 91% of current Magellan providers have signed up to participate in the new HealthSelectSM network—and more are expected to join by September 1.
01 Jul, 2020
During Summer Enrollment, you may apply for Optional Term and/or Dependent Term Life Insurance by providing evidence of insurability (EOI) to demonstrate your good health. What might surprise you is how easy the process is.
01 Jul, 2020
Week after week, counselors in ERS’ Contact Center assist thousands of State of Texas employees and retirees. Read about this important front-line role and learn how to connect with ERS when you need help.
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01 Jun, 2021
Participants in Texas Employees Group Benefits Program health plans who use e-cigarettes or vaping products must certify as tobacco users.  Read more about ERS' tobacco policy  and certifying tobacco use. 
08 Jun, 2020
An unexpected deal on an item or service you've been wanting can make your day. Check out the summertime  offers available through the Discount Purchase Program. 
08 Jun, 2020
Some of the industry's largest online vendors for eyewear and contact lenses are part of the State of Texas Vision network. That means plan participants can purchase eyewear or contacts and apply their vision benefits in one convenient step.
08 Jun, 2020
In an ever-changing world, one constant has been the willingness of ERS’ employees and plan administrators to serve and support retirees and each other.  Read how they have gone above and beyond during a unique and scary time. 
08 Jun, 2020
Week after week, counselors in ERS’ Contact Center assist thousands of State of Texas employees and retirees. Read about this important front-line role and learn how to connect with ERS when you need help.
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05 Dec, 2019
At 96 years old, retiree Lula Marie Sullivan shows that staying active has no age limit.
02 Oct, 2019
Stuart Greenfield has successfully managed his Type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. He relies on ever-improving technology to control his blood sugar levels—and he credits having good health coverage with helping him thrive. Read more.
07 Aug, 2019
JoAnn Norman has a mission: to help the women she meets every week build their sense of self-worth. Her monthly annuity gives her the financial support she needs to continue serving those serving time. Read more.
28 Dec, 2018

Thomas Barker-White has learned that "life can come at you quick." The disability coverage and health insurance offered to State of Texas workers prepares you for that unexpected challenge, Barker-White asserts.

28 Dec, 2018

Thanks to his ERS benefits, Charlie Keen can follow one of his rules of retirement: try to enjoy every day.

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