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  • April wellness webinar
    4/4/2017

    Sleep4Health, a United at Work webinar, gives participants the tools and resources needed to sleep better and improve their health. 

    Get ready for 2017 Summer Enrollment
    3/31/2017

    You can prepare now for 2017 Summer Enrollment, which takes place June 26 through July 28. Start by verifying the contact and other information you have on file at ERS

    Time to take stock of your health
    3/31/2017

    It’s that time of year when we are inspired to give our surroundings a good scrubbing. Spring is also a great time to consider our well-being. Be sure to take advantage of the benefits that let you do that! 

    Real Appeal leads to real weight loss
    3/31/2017
    After following the Real Appeal approach to diet and exercise, HealthSelectSM of Texas participants have lost a combined 90,000 pounds in just one year. 


    Getting the most from your doctor visits
    3/31/2017

    You may be seeing your doctor because you’re sick or because it’s time for your annual check-up. Whatever the reason, you are likely to have questions. Be sure to get the answers you want and need by being prepared.

    Website redesign and domain change
    3/31/2017
    The new ERS website design and address change will be unveiled in late August 2017. The ERS website address will change to http www.ers.texas.gov (from www.ers.state.tx.us).
    Have you voted yet?
    3/31/2017

    Voting is underway in the ERS Board of Trustees election. You have three ways to participate and must do so by 5 p.m., April 14, 2017. 

    Submit questions for the March 9, 2017, candidate forum
    2/28/2017

    A candidate forum for the Board of Trustees election will be held in the ERS building on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. The forum provides voters with an opportunity to ask candidates questions about their vision for ERS and member benefits. Get informed and then vote!

    Note: Only current ERS members as of January 31, 2017 and retired state employees receiving annuities from ERS are eligible to vote in this election.

    Sick while traveling? Try a virtual visit
    2/28/2017
    This spring break, if you get sick while you are camping, at the beach, or on a ski trip, you can consult a licensed physician online from a 

    from a computer, tablet, or smart phone using secure online audio and video technology. 

    March webinars focus on wellness
    2/28/2017

    Learn how to cope with knee or hip disorders early in the month. Find out how to age well a little later in March. Both webinars are brought to you from United Healthcare. 

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    2016 Summer Enrollment is around the corner

    Find Plan Year 2017 rates, fair schedule, enrollment phases online

    Summer Enrollment is the one time of the year you can make changes to your benefits without experiencing a qualifying life event (QLE). In late June or early July, you’ll receive your Personal Benefits Enrollment Statement (PBES) that will show you what benefits you currently have and what you can enroll in for Plan Year 2017.

    Now is a good time to evaluate whether you need to enroll in disability insurance or more life insurance. If you decide to enroll, you will need to go through the  evidence of insurability (EOI) process and be approved before you can enroll. Check out the insurance needs calculator on the Securian website to help you decide whether you should increase your Optional Term Life Insurance amount or add Dependent Term Life Insurance coverage for your dependents. You can also review your health and dependent care costs over the past year to see if you need to increase or decrease your TexFlex account contributions. Check out the Decision Support Tool on the TexFlex website to get a better picture of your health and dependent care needs for next plan year.

    Visit the Summer Enrollment page to find:

    Starting July 5, ERS staff and Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) benefits representatives will set out on a five-week trek across Texas to offer benefits presentations and staff informational booths. Come join us to learn more about your benefits and receive small giveaways courtesy of GBP administrators.

    Once your enrollment phase begins, you can sign into your ERS account online or contact your benefits coordinator to make your benefit elections. After you make your elections, you’ll receive an email or letter verifying the changes you made. Make sure to look for that communication to ensure your elections are correct. 

    Posted on May 27, 2016

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