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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. 


    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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