News About Your Benefits

ERS Contact Center fields questions, lends support

July 1, 2020

Week after week, counselors in ERS’ Contact Center assist thousands of State of Texas employees and retirees. Read about this important front-line role and learn how to connect with ERS when you need help.

HealthSelect participants: Small steps make a difference toward a healthier life

July 1, 2020

Managing your weight can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start. Your HealthSelectSM plan includes weight management programs at no additional cost. Whether you’re spending more time at home or getting back to a routine, it’s the perfect time to focus on taking care of yourself.

Have no fear: Summer Enrollment webinars are almost here

June 3, 2020

Summer Enrollment is almost here for active employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare. As an active employee, you may make changes to your health coverage, optional insurance and TexFlex flexible spending accounts during your Summer Enrollment phase. 

HealthSelect participants: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to manage mental health benefits starting September 1

June 3, 2020

Starting September 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin managing mental health benefits in HealthSelectSM plans. Your mental health benefits in the plan will not change because of this shift.

Check out the optional benefits you can choose during your Summer Enrollment phase

June 3, 2020

A health plan that best meets your needs is important to your and your family’s overall well-being. So are the optional benefits ERS offers.

Protect your family’s financial future with your life insurance benefits

June 3, 2020

As we head into Summer Enrollment 2020, it’s a good time to review your life insurance needs. Read about optional life insurance benefits available to you.

Buying your refunded or military service credit? Make your purchase by August 31 and save

June 3, 2020

If you plan to buy your refunded or military service credit for your State of Texas Retirement, you should do so by August 31. You’ll pay more for refunded and military service credit starting September 1.

ERS Board approves PY21 premiums at its May meeting

June 3, 2020

On May 20, the Employees Retirement System (ERS) Board of Trustees approved Plan Year 2021 premiums for Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) plans.

Protect yourself from scams during the COVID-19 pandemic

June 3, 2020

By Tom Tull, ERS Chief Investments Officer
It never fails—any time something happens that significantly changes our lives, fraudsters come out to play. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.

Preparing for Summer Enrollment 2020 – for active employees and retirees not enrolled in Medicare

May 6, 2020

Summer Enrollment 2020 will be here before you know it. Make sure your information in ERS OnLine is correct so you don’t miss important information from ERS.
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