Your Benefits Your Story

Your Benefits, Your Story

How valuable are ERS benefits to your life?

Active members and retirees can best answer that question—and they do so in this collection of essays. Read any or all of them. Then consider telling us your story.

State of Texas employees earn valuable benefits. Read how those benefits have been essential to their lives.

ERS benefits have helped retirees live a more healthy and financially secure life. Learn how.

Would you like to tell us your story? Contact ERS.

Featured Story: Perseverance, integrity, courage and commitment

You are never too old to reinvent yourself.  If you need an example of how true this adage is, consider Al Maberry’s story: at age 63, Maberry, the life-long farmer, became a corrections officer.  

Managing diabetes by embracing technology

October 2, 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.
 

From guard to guide

August 7, 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.
 

Changing family, changing benefits: Knowing when and how to update your coverage

June 5, 2019

When Eric Posadas discovered that his family would be expanding, he went into research mode. His quest: to determine which benefits could best protect his growing family’s health and financial well-being.
 

Taking charge: How to use Consumer Directed HealthSelect to your health advantage

April 3, 2019

When Eileen Eiden took a job with Austin Community College in 2014, a high deductible health plan was not among her coverage options. When ERS offered Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM in 2016, Eiden promptly signed up and is happy to explain why the plan is a good fit for her and, perhaps, for others.
 

Covering all his bases

December 28, 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.