State of Texas Dental Discount Plan Tranisition

State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSMtransition to Beneplace

Providing our members with the opportunity to enroll in a dental discount plan through the Discount Purchase Program allows them to add and drop the benefit on a monthly basis, as needed, and without a qualifying life event. 
New employees can enroll in the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan within 31 days of their date of hire this summer. However, their benefits will end on August 31.

If employees want GBP dental benefits on September 1 and after, they should sign up for a dental insurance plan during Summer Enrollment
During your Summer Enrollment phase, you can sign up for a GBP dental insurance plan by:
  • logging into your ERS OnLine account,
  • asking your benefits coordinator to make the change for you or
  • calling ERS at (877) 275-4377 (Toll-free), TTY: 711 or (800) 735-2989, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday 
Your Summer Enrollment election will be effective September 1. 
ERS offers two dental insurance plans. If you are and employee or a retiree that is not eligible for Medicare, you can sign up during your Summer Enrollment phase for either the: If you are a Medicare-eligible retiree, you can contact ERS in August 2019 to sign up for either the: 
Unless you make a change your GBP dental coverage this summer, you will not have dental benefits with ERS.
The Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) will no longer offer the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM, administered by Careington International Corporation after August 31, 2019. 
On September 1, state employees, retirees and their eligible dependents can sign up for a dental discount plan through the Discount Purchase ProgramSM administered by Beneplace.

The Discount Purchase Program is the source for dental discount plans. The Discount Purchase Program website is an online marketplace administered by a company called Beneplace. The Discount Purchase Program offers discounts on a variety of products and services—with no fees or membership requirements. 

At least one dental discount plan will be available through the Discount Purchase Program on September 1. 
 
Important note: Dental discount plans offered through the Discount Purchase Program could be different from the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan. Be sure to review the plans benefit details. Participants will not be able to have the premium deducted from their paycheck or annuity.
 
You can visit the Delta Dental website  or call Delta Dental customer service toll-free at (888) 818-7925 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT.

You may also want to visit the following ERS web pages:
•    State of Texas Dental Choice PlanSM preferred provider organization (PPO) or 
•    DeltaCare USA dental health maintenance organization (DHMO).

 
No. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan will no longer exist after August 31, 2019.