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  • April wellness webinar

    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

    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

    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
    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

    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
    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?

    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

    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
    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

    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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    HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program to have new plan administrator

    Register for the Introduction to OptumRx webinar on Tuesday November 29 at 11 a.m.

    The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Board of Trustees awarded the third-party administrator contract for the HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program to OptumRx, an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, Inc.

    The four-year contract runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020. Caremark will continue to administer the HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program through December 31, 2016. Here are a few reminders about the change:

    • In late December, UnitedHealthcare will send a new combined medical and prescription benefits ID card with OptumRx information to HealthSelect participants.
    • New ID cards can be used beginning January 1, 2017. The new cards will replace both the current HealthSelect of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelect (UnitedHealthcare) ID card and the current HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program (Caremark) ID card.
    • Participants who use the prescription mail service pharmacy may want to order enough medication for use during the change.
    • OptumRx’s mail service pharmacy will be available beginning January 1, 2017. Participants with any active, refillable mail service prescriptions with Caremark will be transferred to OptumRx in early January. They will get a letter from OptumRx explaining the transfer of their refills and any next steps.

    New program website and contact information:

    You can visit www.HealthSelectRx.com for more program information about the change. The website has helpful resources such as the Locate a Pharmacy tool to find an in-network pharmacy through OptumRx, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. You can also contact customer care representatives toll-free at (866) 336-9371, TTY: 711.

    Contact Caremark for current prescription drug coverage and claims information through December 31, 2016.

    For questions about current prescription drug coverage and costs through the end of this year, call Caremark toll-free at (888) 886-8490. You can view your claims with Caremark online through December 31, 2019 at www.Caremark.com/ers.

    Meet OptumRx at the webinar

    Register for the upcoming webinar, Introduction to OptumRx , to learn about the new administrator of HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program on Tuesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. CT.

    Posted November 1, 2016

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