Highlights from the March 6 ERS Board meeting

Highlights from the March 6 ERS Board meeting

April 3, 2019
The following topics and activity related to ERS-administered benefits were covered during the March 6 ERS Board of Trustees meeting:
  • The Board voted to award the contract for administration of the State of Texas Dental Choice preferred provider organization (PPO) plan to Delta Dental. DeltaCare USA, an affiliate of Delta Dental, will become the new dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) carrier. Both contracts become effective on September 1, 2019. ERS staff thoroughly reviewed the proposals and rated the companies based on their provider networks, proposed costs and other factors. ERS will offer more information over the next few months. Employees will have the chance to make changes to their dental coverage during their Summer Enrollment phase. (Here is a  short article about this change.)
  • Based on a recommendation from ERS staff, the Board approved restructuring the administrative fees for the Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, effective May 1, 2019.  Currently, Texa$aver participants with $10.00 or less in their accounts do not pay administrative fees. Beginning May 1, all Texa$aver accounts will be charged fees, to more equally cover the program’s administrative costs. ERS and Empower Retirement are notifying Texa$aver account holders of the change.  (You can read more here.)
More detailed information about the March 6 joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee, including materials and videos, is available through the ERS website.

The ERS Board meets next on May 22. Like with all ERS Board meetings, members and the public can watch the meeting via live streaming. A link will be available through the ERS events page a few days before the meeting.
 
Proposed changes to ERS rules to be presented at May 22 Board meeting

During its May 22 meeting, the ERS Board of Trustees will consider the following changes to ERS rules.
  • Chapter 73: The proposed change would remove a reference to a repealed statute, and proposes to repeal a section of the rule that has been added to the statutes and is no longer necessary as a rule.
  • Chapter 82: The proposed amendments to § 82.3 and § 82.9 would delegate authority to the executive director to allow ERS to work with interested state agencies to plan, establish and operate proposed on-site clinics in accordance with Texas Government Code Ch. 671, within the general policy direction provided by the Board. Rules, statutes and other regulations relating to ERS are posted on our Statutes and Rules webpage.
Proposed amendments to ERS rules are published throughout the year in the Texas Register for public comment.  (Approved amendments are posted in the Texas Register after they’re adopted.) 

Proposed amendments related to the above will be published in the April 5, 2019 edition of the Texas Register. The deadline for comments is noted in the Texas Register.