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  • Prescription drug plan news for Plan Year 2015
    Starting September 1, Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) participants will pay 30% less for Tier 1 prescription drugs, which include most generic drugs.
    Increase your Texa$aver contributions
    “I’ll save when I’m older,” is a common excuse when it comes to saving for retirement—especially for workers ages 25 to 34 (often called “Millennials” or  “Generation Y”), for whom retirement may seem far in the future.
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    Stay up to date on these and other benefits-related information on our Facebook community. This is also a great way to let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to your State of Texas benefits.
    New medical ID cards begin mailing before September 1
    You should get a new ID card by the end of this month. You can start using your new card on September 1.
    Medicare and your ERS retirement
    In August and September, ERS has scheduled Medicare Preparation webinars to answer your questions about Medicare and ERS retiree health benefits.
    TPEA Public Administrator of the Year
    On June 21, Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Executive Director Ann S. Bishop accepted the Texas Public Employees Association’s (TPEA’s) Agency Administrator of the Year Award for the second time. She first received the award in 2005
    State of Texas Dental Discount Plan information available
    You and your eligible dependents can enroll in the new State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM this summer during Annual Enrollment 2014 with discounts beginning September 1, 2014.
    Your commute could be driving up your stress
    For 8% of commuters, the daily trip is more than an hour each way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you work in a big city like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, or Austin, a longer commute likely takes a chunk of your day.
    Don’t miss the August 31 deadline to buy certain service credit
    If you plan to purchase withdrawn or military service credit, don’t miss the August 31 deadline before the price goes up. Other types of service, including Additional Service Credit (ASC) and waiting period, have different and varying due dates.
    Face of ERS: Sharon
    She has more than 20 years of ERS service, extensive knowledge of ERS benefits, and an impressive array of job roles spanning word processing, insurance, software implementation, retirement auditing, and Business Integration (BI) -- meet Sharon, BI Specialist at ERS.

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