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


    Board of Trustees selects BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas as HealthSelect plan administrator beginning September 1, 2017

    The ERS Board of Trustees has selected Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) as the third party administrator (TPA) for HealthSelectSM of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect of Texas. The six-year contract for medical administrative services begins September 1, 2017.

    BCBSTX has served previously as TPA for HealthSelect of Texas. UnitedHealthcare, the current TPA, was awarded the current contract in 2012. Rebidding the contract helps ERS determine that health plan participants and the State of Texas are getting the best possible value and service.

    The TPA processes claims and manages the provider network as well as disease management and wellness programs. The TPA also provides information to members through the HealthSelect call center, website, direct-mail and other channels.

    ERS manages the contract and is responsible for determining eligibility and enrollment for the health plans. Additionally, ERS establishes the plan design, including setting copays, coinsurance and deductibles.

    More information will be provided in the coming months and during summer enrollment, prior to September 1, 2017, when BCBSTX becomes the HealthSelect TPA. Check the HealthSelect Transition site on the ERS website for announcements and updates.

    Posted December 7, 2016

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