News About Your Benefits

Safety at work: Preventing falls and avoiding repetitive stress injuries

May 2, 2018


Although automobile accidents pose the biggest threat to State of Texas employees, did you know that falling is the second biggest cause of workplace injuries in Texas? Meanwhile, repetitive stress injuries continue to cause pain, leading to losses in productivity. We address both of these issues and share tips for avoiding these kinds of workplace injuries.

HealthSelect of Texas Participants: Avoid Unexpected Health Costs

April 4, 2018

To get the highest level of benefits and save the most money, HealthSelect of Texas participants must choose an in-network primary care physician (PCP).

Get to know your Optional Term Life, Dependent Life and Voluntary AD&D insurance

April 4, 2018

If you’re an active employee with health insurance through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP), you are automatically insured with Basic Term Life and Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance at $5,000 each. You may also enroll in or apply for additional protection for yourself as well as for your spouse and children, at negotiated group rates.

New Group Benefits Advisory Committee (GBAC) to advise ERS Board

April 4, 2018

The Group Benefits Advisory Committee (GBAC) met for the first time in March. All members were at the meeting, which focused on information about the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP), health care privacy laws and topics for future meetings.

If you plan to buy service credit, do so by August 31 and save!

April 4, 2018

Don't wait too long if you plan to buy service credit. You should make your purchase by August 31. You’ll pay more for several types of service credit come September 1

ERS adopts rule amendments at its March 7 Board Meeting

April 4, 2018

The ERS Board of Trustees met in March to, in part, consider proposed rule amendments.

Join the Department of Family and Protective Services volunteer team

April 4, 2018

Volunteers have an important role within the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Join the effort to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children, older Texans, and people with disabilities.

Understanding your Statement of Retirement Benefits (SRB), courtesy of ERS’ Retirement Benefits Processing team

April 4, 2018

You never have to worry about ERS forgetting your birthday. It’s standard practice for the agency to mail state agency workers a Statement of Retirement Benefits (SRB) shortly after their birthday month every year.

It’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 4, 2018

More than 40,000 people were killed in car or roadway accidents last year and distracted driving is a main cause of those accidents, says the National Safety Council (NSC).

Get your fitness on with no enrollment fee

March 7, 2018

If you’ve been thinking about joining a gym or fitness center, this month is a perfect time to follow through on that plan. In March, HealthSelect of TexasSM participants can join the Fitness Program without paying the enrollment fee.

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