Employee News

  • Plan Year 2018 News

    The Board approved PY18 premium rates for Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) plans (except Medicare plans). Plan Year 2018 rates increase slightly or not at all.

    Melvin elected to serve on ERS Board of Trustees

     On May 10, Catherine Melvin of the Texas Department of Public Safety became the newest trustee.

    Review your current benefits

    Summer Enrollment for employees and retirees not eligible for Medicare takes place June 26 through July 28, 2017. 

    Understand your health plan options

    Choosing health benefits is a big decision, one that only you and your family can make. Take time to consider all of your options.

    Learn insurance-speak

    Get ready for Summer Enrollment by brushing up on the terms that you will see as you consider your health care options. 

    Prepare for retirement online

    Apply for retirement at following this easy, three-step process.  

    New ERS website to debut in August

    In late August 2017, ERS will launch its redesigned website.  

    June is Child Vision Awareness Month and Vision Research Month

    June is Child vision awareness and vision research month.

    Summer Enrollment: Learn more from your desk or laptop
    If you are unable to attend a Summer Enrollment fair, plan to attend a webinar that covers Summer Enrollment basics.
    BCBSTX Update

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBTX)  will be the new plan administrator for HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect


    It’s still HealthSelectSMof Texas,
    but BCBSTX will be the new plan administrator

    What will the change mean for you?

    If you are enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will replace UnitedHealthcare as your health plan administrator on September 1, 2017. If you are enrolled in an HMO this change will not affect you.

    Through August 31, 2017, you should continue to use your UnitedHealthcare ID card and call the current UnitedHealthcare Customer Service line at (866) 336-9371 (TTY: 711) for information about your coverage or individual claims information.

    BCBSTX will not have access to individual claims information until September 1, 2017.

    In the months leading up to the transition, BCBSTX will send letters and make telephone calls to participants who may be affected by certain changes. For example, if your primary care provider (PCP) or specialist will no longer be in the HealthSelect network, you will be notified in June. 

    New website and customer care center 

    Beginning May 23, you will be able to visit the BCBSTX HealthSelect website or call a Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT or Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT.

    You can:

    • Get general information about HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect plan benefits.
    • Use the Provider Search Tool to find out if your current PCP or other providers will be in the BCBSTX HealthSelect network after September 1.
    • Get help finding a network PCP or specialist if your current provider will no longer be in the network.
    • Nominate a provider to be added to the HealthSelect network.

    Continued care for certain conditions

    If you are pregnant and in your second or third trimester, or if you are receiving care for a chronic illness or an acute medical condition, you may be able to continue to receive health care services from your current provider after September 1, 2017, for a certain period, even if the provider will no longer be in the network. You will need to fill out and submit to BCBSTX a Transition of Care form. For more information, call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039.

    Prescription drug coverage

    OptumRx will continue to be the pharmacy benefits manager for prescription drug coverage for HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect. 

    ID cards

    BCBSTX will send you a new medical ID card and OptumRx will send you a new ID card for prescription drug coverage before September 1.

    Programs available under BCBSTX

    Real Appeal, an online weight loss program, will continue to be available to eligible HealthSelect participants as of September 1, 2017. Naturally Slim, a different online weight loss program, will also be an option for eligible participants.

    Virtual Visits will also continue to be a HealthSelect benefit after September 1, 2017. Virtual Visits allows you to consult with a licensed physician in real time from a computer, tablet or smart phone using secure online audio and video technology. Beginning September 1, there will no longer be a copay for HealthSelect of Texas participants if you use a network Virtual Visits provider. The current $10 per-visit copay for this benefit will continue through August 31.

    Over the next few months, you can find information and updates by visiting the HealthSelect transition page on the ERS website.

    Published May 2, 2017

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