Your Benefits Your Story

Your Benefits, Your Story

How valuable are ERS benefits to your life?

Active members and retirees can best answer that question—and they do so in this collection of essays. Read any or all of them. Then consider telling us your story.

State of Texas employees earn valuable benefits. Read how those benefits have been essential to their lives.

ERS benefits have helped retirees live a more healthy and financially secure life. Learn how.

Would you like to tell us your story? Contact ERS.

Featured Story: An ounce of Prevention

At the early  stages of breast cancer, sometimes the tumors are so small, they connot be felt - no matter how thurought the self-examination. That is what Jennifer Gaskill found. Her annual mammogram proved to a lifesaver. 

From guard to guide

August 7, 2019

JoAnn Norman has a mission: to help the women she meets every week build their sense of self-worth. Her monthly annuity gives her the financial support she needs to continue serving those serving time. Read more.
 

Changing family, changing benefits: Knowing when and how to update your coverage

June 5, 2019

When Eric Posadas discovered that his family would be expanding, he went into research mode. His quest: to determine which benefits could best protect his growing family’s health and financial well-being.
 

Taking charge: How to use Consumer Directed HealthSelect to your health advantage

April 3, 2019

When Eileen Eiden took a job with Austin Community College in 2014, a high deductible health plan was not among her coverage options. When ERS offered Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM in 2016, Eiden promptly signed up and is happy to explain why the plan is a good fit for her and, perhaps, for others.
 

Covering all his bases

December 28, 2018

Thomas Barker-White has learned that "life can come at you quick." The disability coverage and health insurance offered to State of Texas workers prepares you for that unexpected challenge, Barker-White asserts.

A Place in the sun

December 28, 2018

Thanks to his ERS benefits, Charlie Keen can follow one of his rules of retirement: try to enjoy every day.