Employment

Returning to state employment after you retire will not affect your ERS retirement annuity. If you are an ERS retiree who returns to work at an ERS agency, you will no longer contribute a portion of your monthly pay to your ERS retirement account. Therefore, you are not eligible to receive a second retirement from ERS.

When you return to State employment, you will be able to choose whether you want active employee or retiree benefits. 

Returning to State Employment and Medicare

If you are retired and enrolled in Medicare and return to state employment, your state health insurance becomes primary to Medicare.

If you are currently enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas and Medicare, you have out-of-area benefits.

If you return to state employment, you have the option to enroll in HealthSelect as an active employee. Your coverage would change to in-area benefits. Your out-of-pocket insurance premiums will be deducted from your paycheck before taxes, not from your annuity or by direct payment to ERS. This decreases your taxable income and saves you money.