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  • It’s always good to be prepared. Read this brief reminder about tax-time forms related to your retirement and health care benefits.

  • January 1 marks a new year and fresh start. The same is true for your health insurance deductibles and coinsurance. Take note so you won’t be surprised when you check out at your health care provider or pharmacy.

  • It’s been 18 months since COVID impacted our lives and routines. Since then, ERS has provided uninterrupted service to state employees and retirees. One area of our member service continues to be stretched, namely, our response time when members try to reach us by phone and email. Learn how you may be able to avoid long waits on the phone.

  • Good health means caring for your mind and spirit, as well as your body. If behavioral health issues are keeping you from living your healthiest life, your health plan is ready to help.

  • Think physician house calls have gone the way of the soda fountain and double-features at the drive-in? Think again! Participants in the HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage Plan can have a yearly visit from a medical professional in the privacy of their home. Read how to take advantage of this benefit.

  • The websites for HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage Plan preferred provider organization (MA PPO) and HealthSelectSM Medicare Rx have had a makeover. If you're enrolled in one or both plans, check out the mobile-friendly, easy-to-navigate sites. While you're at it, sign up for your secure online account.

  • Supporting fallen heroes
    December 6, 2021

    For more than 30 years, ERS has administered the state-appropriated death benefit program for eligible survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters and others killed in the line of duty. Sadly, the number of fallen officers and other first responders has increased in recent years. Learn about this important service.

  • There are no major changes in the plans offered to Medicare-enrolled participants in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program. If you’re a Medicare-eligible retiree, it’s still a good idea to take note of Fall Enrollment dates and review your options.
  • The 87th Texas Legislature took significant steps to shore up the ERS Retirement Trust Fund. See how this will impact current and future retirees.
  • COVID-19 made this year’s legislative session like no other, but it didn’t keep lawmakers from acting in support of ERS retirement and insurance programs.