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  • New health insurance option coming September 1, 2016

    The 84th Texas Legislature tasked ERS with providing an alternative health insurance option to HealthSelectSM of Texas and the regional HMOs. Specifically, they directed ERS to create a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) that includes a high-deductible health plan coupled with a health savings account.

    Guard your mouth and keep trouble out

    The United at Work wellness webinar, Keeping a Health Mouth will provide information on the physical and oral health connection, advises on oral health hygiene. Participants will also learn about the symptoms of gum disease and how certain foods affect teeth and gums.

    HealthSelect of Texas out-of-pocket maximum now includes prescription drug expenses

    As of January 1, 2016, prescription copays and deductibles count towards the health total out-of-pocket maximum.

    Health plans continue to send new tax Form 1095-B for medical coverage

    Some health plans started mailing Form 1095-Bs in December. If you haven't received yours by the end of March, contact your health plan.

    Join UnitedHealthcare for a clinical webinar on healthy pregnancy

    UnitedHealthcare is offering a valuable opportunity to learn about healthy pregnancy and provide you with tips and tools for both those who plan to become pregnant and those who are already pregnant. 

    Get the most out of your Commuter Spending Accounts

    ERS now offers you the opportunity to save money if you pay for parking of mass transit related to your commute to work. You can enroll at any time. Find out how to get the most from the program.

    Know where to go and who to call if you become disabled

    Many people may not have to face a disabling condition during their career. However, if you become disabled and can't work for an extended time, you'll want to have all the right information at the right time to make important decisions.

    Short workouts can be good for your heart

    Most people know that exercise is important for heart health. However, not everyone knows just how much exercise is enough. Is 15 minutes a day okay? 30 minutes? One hour? Time to set the record straight.

    A valuable benefit for public employees: the defined benefit retirement plan

    One of the biggest advantages of being a state employee is participating in a defined benefit retirement plan. When you're eligible to retire, you'll receive a monthly payment for the rest of your life.

    New benefit for commuters

    Enrollment for Commuter Spending Accounts is now open.


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