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  • New look and new name

    Great-West Financial®, the third-party administrator for the Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, recently announced that its combined retirement business — Great-West Financial®, Putnam Investments and Great-West Financial Retirement Plan Services (formerly J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services) — has a new name: Empower Retirement™.

    Funding the Future: More work needed to preserve ERS Retirement Trust Fund

    Two new “Funding the Future” videos by ERS provide straightforward overviews of the issues facing the ERS Retirement Trust Fund. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch them and even share them with your coworkers. Want the nitty-gritty details on plan enrollment, health care dollars, investments and the financial condition of the trust fund? Find information in ERS’ 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

    Don’t leave health and dependent care money on the table this year

    Do you have money in your TexFlex account? Read some reminders about what eligible expenses you can purchase.

    Take advantage of LifeSuite Services

    Starting this month, the LifeSuite Services program was enhanced to better serve the life needs of you and your eligible dependents. LifeSuite Services are designed for your use as a state agency or higher education employee who is insured under the group life insurance program administered by Minnesota Life Insurance Company (including the Basic Term Life and Optional Term Life Insurance).

    The Board of Trustees election packet is available on the ERS website

    State agency employees and retirees will elect one employee to the Board of Trustees position. The election packet is currently available.

    Employees Retirement System of Texas Executive Director Designate selected
    The trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) announced today that, after review and consideration of all the candidates, they unanimously selected Porter Wilson as the Executive Director Designate of ERS. Wilson will replace current Executive Director Ann S. Bishop on a date still to be determined.
    ERS Board of Trustees election coming up

    Board members make decisions that are crucial to the benefits programs. This election is a great opportunity to be involved in decision-making that affects all participants in the programs administered by ERS.

    Navigating holiday meals

    Tempting treats and hectic schedules can make it hard to manage blood sugar levels. Here's how to stay healthy without missing out on holiday cheer.

    Don’t be left out of covered dental care

    If you participate in the HumanaDental DHMO plan, you must receive dental care for covered services from the primary care dentist (PCD) indicated on your ID card. About a third of DHMO participants have not selected a PCD, even though they can’t access dental benefits without one. If you’re part of that third, select a PCD today!

    TexFlex debit card Identity Theft Resolution Services

    TexFlex debit card holders now have access to MasterCard’s Identity Theft Resolution Services at no cost.


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