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Your ERS Connection Retiree News

 

 


Executive Director's Corner

December 7, 2018

Every two years, ERS submits its Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) to ask for state funding for retirement and health insurance. ERS will provide information to legislators about the importance of retirement and health insurance benefits to state retirees and active employees.

 

Changes to ERS Rules

December 7, 2018

Rules, statutes and other regulations relating to ERS are posted on our Statutes and Rules webpage. Proposed and adopted changes to ERS rules are published throughout the year in the Texas Register.

 

Be careful about giving out your financial information

December 7, 2018

As a state agency or higher education retiree with a pension, you may get a lot of marketing material from financial advisors and investment professionals. If you decide to seek investment or financial advice, you should do your research, especially if you are contacted directly by an advisor.

 

Staying in Motion

December 7, 2018

Think of the things that you are most grateful for. List the top three with as much detail as possible. By doing this simple exercise, you can improve your health.

 

ERS annuity payments

December 7, 2018

Generally, direct-deposit annuities are sent on the last business day of the month. Paper checks are mailed on the second-to-last business day of the month.

Mental health virtual visits

December 5, 2018


HealthSelectSM of Texas, HealthSelect Secondary, Consumer Directed HealthSelect, and HealthSelect Out-of-State now offer virtual visits for mental health. With a virtual visit, you can consult licensed mental health professionals online from the convenience of your home.

Some deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums start over in January

December 5, 2018


As another year comes to an end, it’s important to remember that most medical and prescription drug deductibles will restart on January 1.

When a stranger calls...

December 5, 2018


Seniors are often the targets of high-pressure sales or scam phone calls. These calls may be
from telemarketers or even criminals. Learn what you can do to help avoid telemarketing fraud. 

End-of-the-year reminders

December 5, 2018


End-of-the-year reminders: No delay! You can print your Form 1099-R online starting January 15. You can also expect to get your Form 1095-B by the end of February 2019.

What is a drug formulary?

December 5, 2018


Understanding the formulary can do more than just help you find a covered drug.
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