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  • 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. 

    Helpful tips for filing a TIPP claim
    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
    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!

    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

    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

    Consult this list to see which commonly prescribed drugs are covered

    Join us for the February United at Work seminar

    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

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