Benefits Coordinators

Important information about the HealthSelect transition to Blue Cross and Blue Shield

On September 1, 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will replace UnitedHealthcare as the plan administrator for HealthSelectSM of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM.

Update-express will be weekly starting May

Beginning May 1 through the end of August, Update-express will be distributed weekly to provide timely information and support with processing during Summer Enrollment.

GBP participants who add a new dependent must complete dependent eligibility verification

ERS has contracted with Aon Hewitt to conduct dependent eligibility verifications for the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) to ensure that only eligible dependents receive health coverage.

HealthSelect of Texas participants enjoy weight loss success through Real Appeal

Their photographs tell the story. After following the Real Appeal approach to diet and exercise, Vivian, who works in family and protective services, and Cheryl, a textbook reviewer, have contributed to the more than 90,000-pound combined weight loss realized by HealthSelectSM of Texas participants in just one year.

Which Summer Enrollment phase is your agency or institution in?

This year, Summer Enrollment runs from June 26 to July 28, 2017.

Benefits Coordinators’ Introduction to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Webinar

On June 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. CT, ERS will host a webinar for benefits coordinators. We will provide information and answer your questions about the HealthSelect transition from UnitedHealthcare to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. 

Vote Now! – April 14 is last day to vote in ERS Board of Trustees election (For state agencies only)

State employees have until 5 p.m., April 14, to vote for a new ERS Board member. Voting can be done online, by mail or direct email.

2017 Summer Enrollment is June 26 to July 28

Summer Enrollment Basics training will be available in the BCCG in May

Enter Hire Action as soon as possible after hiring a new employee

Failing to enter a Hire Action in time can affect when your new employee’s benefits begin

How to age well

We aren’t getting any younger, but we can age with style! Learn about the normal changes associated with aging by participating in the United at Work webinar series Aging Well.


Highlights from the May 17 ERS Board of Trustees meeting

Rule change adoptions, new vision plan, new pharmacy benefits manager, Plan Year 2017 rates

Service purchase and flexible spending account rule changes

The ERS Board of Trustees adopted the following rule changes:

  • Allow a non-contributing ERS member to purchase waiting period service credit.
  • Allow participation in a limited flexible spending account for Consumer Directed HealthSelect participants to use on qualified vision and dental expenses.

New pharmacy benefits manager for HealthSelect of Texas Prescription Drug Program and HealthSelect Medicare Rx

Beginning January 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will administer prescription drug services for participants of HealthSelect of Texas, the new Consumer Directed HealthSelect, HealthSelect Medicare Advantage and KelseyCare Advantage HMO. This fall, ERS will provide more information on the transition of your existing prescription benefits to UnitedHealthcare. The health maintenance organization (HMO) pharmacy benefits managers will stay the same.

Introducing State of Texas Vision

The ERS Board of Trustees named Superior Vision Services, Inc. as the third-party administrator of the new State of Texas Vision plan available to all employees, retirees and their eligible dependents beginning September 1, 2016.

Premiums for health and dental insurance to increase September 1, 2016

Find the Plan Year 2017 rates here. This includes monthly premium rates for all types of insurance, as well as the state's health savings account (HSA) contributions for the new Consumer Directed HealthSelect plan. 

Posted on May 19, 2016

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