86th Texas Legislature brings positive changes to insurance benefits

86th Texas Legislature brings positive changes to insurance benefits

August 7, 2019
Like most state agencies and institutions, ERS tracks hundreds of bills during each legislative session. We also spend a lot of time providing information to legislators and their staffs about the value of the benefits we manage – both to ERS members and to the Texas economy.

During the most recent session, there were no changes to ERS retirement funding or benefits. Only a few of the bills that passed have a direct impact on ERS’ insurance programs, and all of them will be beneficial to our members. In particular, lawmakers passed new regulations that:
  • allow ERS to explore offering individual long-term care insurance,
  • prohibit health care providers from balance billing health insurance participants in medical emergencies and certain other situations and
  • change coverage for diagnostic mammograms in certain situations.
The last two laws are detailed and complicated. We are working to understand their full impact to health plan participants. We will provide more information closer to their effective dates.

In the meantime, you can learn more about ERS’ activities during the 2019 session and the new laws that significantly affect our benefits.