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On September 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will become
the medical plan administrator for HealthSelectSM of Texas and
Consumer Driven HealthSelectSM. It’s the kind of transition that
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You have until August 31, 2017 to spend your FSA balance and the
deadline to submit claims for the health care dollars you spent during the past
benefit year is December 31, 2017.
When Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) becomes the administrator
for the medical plan on September 1, 2017, you will have separate medical and
pharmacy ID cards for medical and prescription drug services.
On August 23, the ERS Board will hold its final meeting of the 2016-17
Monday, August 6, 2017, is the first day of
Exercise With Your Child week. Children six and older should exercise at least
60 minutes a day. They are more likely to get moving if their parents or
caregivers get moving, too.
Over the next several weeks you may get calls from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) about your doctors and/or transition of care.
Enrollment fairs will be held in cities and towns across Texas. The schedule
follows. If you prefer, you can plan to attend a webinar that covers Summer
If you and your dependents have enrolled in HealthSelectSM of
Texas, you will need to select a primary care physician (PCP) to receive
The Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) offers robust health
insurance plans. There are also many optional
benefits that may be just right for you and your family.
Putting aside pre-tax money for commuter, medical and dependent care
expenses makes sense for many people.
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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