Benefits Coordinators

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.

Get out the vote! (for state agencies only)

Encourage your employees to watch the Forum recording online. Employees can vote from March 10 to April 14 in the Board of Trustees election.

Coming in August: New ERS website design and address

In late August 2017, the ERS website address will change to (from

Helpful tips for filing a TIPP claim

Texas Income Protection PlanSM (TIPP) is a short-term and long-term disability coverage program that pays part of participants’ income if they become disabled or sick and cannot work.

Why vote? The Board of Trustees’ role

The Board of Trustees oversees the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) and other benefits for state employees and retirees. Ensuring that state employee benefits are competitive and reasonably priced is a Board priority.

Submit questions for March 9 candidate forum

A candidate forum for the Board of Trustees election will be held in the ERS Building on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. This forum gives voters a chance to ask candidates questions.

Learn more to invest wisely

The Texas Investor Guide updated this year could help your employees with the personal savings “leg” of the retirement income stool.

Honoring the history of those who protect and serve

Current and retired Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) personnel can sign up to receive information about events and exhibits at the Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum & Research Center.


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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