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  • 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. 

    Helpful tips for filing a TIPP claim
    2/28/2017
    The Texas Income Protection PlanSM (TIPP) is a short term and long term disability coverage program that pays part of your salary if you become disabled or sick and cannot work.
    Learn more to invest wisely
    2/28/2017
    Think of planning for retirement as the art of balancing a three legged stool. For most people, a secure retirement depends on at least three sources of income.
    March is National Nutrition Month®, so Put Your Best Fork Forward!
    2/28/2017

    Helping you make better, more informed food choices is the intent of National Nutrition Month®, held each year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Honoring the history of those who protect and serve
    2/28/2017

    Current and retired Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) personnel can sign up to receive information about events and exhibits at the Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum & Research Center. 

    HealthSelect Prescription Drug List - a helpful tool
    1/31/2017

    Consult this list to see which commonly prescribed drugs are covered

    Join us for the February United at Work seminar
    1/30/2017

    Rally is an online app to help you bridge the gap between wanting to get healthy and doing it.

    HealthSelect transition to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
    1/30/2017

    In September, BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) will become the new plan administrator for HealthSelect of TexasSM and Consumer Directed HealthSelect.

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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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