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  • Health maintenance organization (HMO) plans will no longer be offered through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) effective September 1, 2021. We know current HMO participants may have questions as they make the move to a HealthSelectSM plan.
  • As an incoming member of ERS’ Board of Trustees, longtime state employee Neika Clark wants to help ensure her fellow state employees take full advantage of their retirement and insurance benefits. Learn what inspired Neika Clark to be an ERS Board of Trustees member.
  • Executive Director Porter Wilson announced that David T. Veal has been selected to serve as the next chief investment officer of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). Veal will step into the role currently held by Tom Tull, who late last year announced his plans to retire this summer after 12 years of dedicated service as an ERS employee.
  • It is never too early or too late to start building your personal savings toward a comfortable retirement. Tune in to ERS’ Texa$aver Thursday webinar on August 19 to get guidance on how the Texa$averSM 401(k) / 457 Program can help you build wealth and work with your pension to get you retirement ready.
  • Whether you’re at home or on the go, the HealthSelectSM Prescription Drug Program (administered by OptumRx) website and the OptumRx Medical app have the tools you need to make the most of your pharmacy benefit.
  • Did you know HealthSelectSM plan participants, including those enrolled in Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM, can participate in the HealthSelectShoppERSSM incentive program? You can compare costs for certain services and procedures at in-network facilities, which may save you money on high-quality health care while earning rewards for choosing cost-effective providers.
  • If you’ve shopped online, you probably know the joy of entering a coupon code at checkout and seeing your purchase price drop with a simple click. With the Discount Purchase Program, you can experience that with thousands of products. 
  • We are well into the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts there will be between six and 10 hurricanes in 2021. Make sure you and your family are prepared.
  • The Texas Legislature’s regular session ended May 31. As part of their commitment to returning the ERS pension plan to actuarial soundness, legislators passed a new state law to bolster the ERS Retirement Trust Fund. They also passed bills that positively affect participants in ERS insurance programs.
  • Summer Enrollment is underway for active employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare. Learn more about HealthSelectSM plan details, benefits changes and upcoming webinars.