New Employee Overview

  • Welcome to the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP). 

    • The GBP serves 1 out of every 46 Texans. Discover what benefit choices you should make and when.
    • For the average state agency employee, the total value of the State of Texas benefits package is equal to your base salary plus 32.3%.

    If you’re a full-time employee, you’re automatically enrolled in health coverage (HealthSelect) that starts the first day of the month after your 60th day of employment. 

    Sign up for your benefits now

    Restrictions may apply if you sign up later. 

    You have access to a variety of medical and optional benefits. If you don’t enroll now, you will have to wait for Annual Enrollment or a qualifying life event. You may require evidence of insurability (EOI) if you wait.

    View frequently asked questions about insurance >

  • Who is eligible for GBP insurance benefits?

    ERS administers insurance benefits for employees and eligible family members of:

    Retirees are eligible for GBP coverage if they have at least 10 years of eligible service credit, and are age 65 or older, or meet the Rule of 80.

    Eligible Family Members:

    Your spouse and children must meet the eligibility requirements to be added to coverage for:

    • Health Insurance,
    • Dental Insurance,
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and
    • Dependent Term Life Insurance.

    You cannot cover:

    • ex-spouses,
    • same-sex spouses,
    • children who are over age 26, unless they are disabled, or
    • grandchildren who are not claimed on your federal income tax return. 
  • Within 31 days enroll in:

    • Dental
    • Optional life
    • Dependent life (if applicable)
    • Short-term disability
    • Long-term disability
    • TexFlex Health or Day Care

    Within 60 Days:

    • Choose your primary care physician
    • Choose your dental provider (if applicable)
    • Enroll eligible family members in HealthSelect (or HMO if applicable)