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ERS tobacco policy updated for e-cigarettes

June 1, 2021

Participants in Texas Employees Group Benefits Program health plans who use e-cigarettes or vaping products must certify as tobacco users.  Read more about ERS' tobacco policy  and certifying tobacco use. 
 

Annual enrollment for retirees not eligible for Medicare is July 13-24

June 8, 2020

The annual benefits enrollment period for retirees not enrolled in Medicare is around the corner. See reminders, important dates and information about Summer Enrollment webinars.
 

ERS Contact Center fields questions, lends support

June 8, 2020

Week after week, counselors in ERS’ Contact Center assist thousands of State of Texas employees and retirees. Read about this important front-line role and learn how to connect with ERS when you need help.
 

Message from the Executive Director: Facing Challenges Together

June 8, 2020

In an ever-changing world, one constant has been the willingness of ERS’ employees and plan administrators to serve and support retirees and each other.  Read how they have gone above and beyond during a unique and scary time. 
 

More than a badge: Retiree tells tales of West Texas law enforcement career

June 8, 2020

Carl Williams encountered a lot as in his long career in Texas law enforcement. That doesn't mean he feels the need to slow down. Instead, he's recorded tales of his life and career in a recently published book.

Time to try telehealth?

June 8, 2020

Older adults can be more vulnerable to illness, particularly COVID-19, and should limit their exposure to others who could be sick.  If you've never tried a doctor's visit via video, now is a good time to learn more about it.
 

Online retailers join State of Texas Vision network

June 8, 2020

Some of the industry's largest online vendors for eyewear and contact lenses are part of the State of Texas Vision network. That means plan participants can purchase eyewear or contacts and apply their vision benefits in one convenient step.
 

New insurer for HealthSelect Medicare Advantage starting 2021

June 8, 2020

The ERS Board of Trustees has awarded the contract for the HealthSelect Medicare AdvantageSM Plan to United Healthcare effective January 1, 2021. Your benefits will not change, but you'll want keep informed about the transition. Learn where you can find out more.
 

Save with the Discount Purchase Program

June 8, 2020

An unexpected deal on an item or service you've been wanting can make your day. Check out the summertime  offers available through the Discount Purchase Program. 
 

2020 annuity payment dates

March 13, 2020

See annuity payment dates for 2020.
 
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