Get the facts: Check out ERS at a Glance

Get the facts: Check out ERS at a Glance

February 5, 2020
group shot of state workersOne in every 53 Texans: that’s how many people get health insurance through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP).

Another fact from the Fiscal Year 2019 ERS at a Glance: Pre-tax payments for health insurance premiums and to TexFlex flexible spending accounts (FSAs) resulted in estimated savings of $132 million in federal taxes for participants.

Additional statistics of interest from Plan Year 2019:
  • “Changing the Script”—an initiative launched by ERS with health plan administrators and health industry experts to fight opioid abuse—has had an immediate impact: HealthSelectSM reports that in one year, the number of participants using long-acting opioids declined 70%.
  • Use of medical virtual visits increased by more than 67%. The HealthSelect plans also introduced mental health virtual visits to support participants’ well-being.
  • Health plans’ out-of-pocket costs held steady and premiums didn't increase in most health plans—without a reduction in high-quality benefits.
  • ERS' Customer Benefits team responded to about 441,000 phone calls and 25,000 emails from members and their families.
Visit the Reports and Studies page for more information from the FY19 ERS at a Glance  or other reports on ERS operations and financial management.