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Your Benefits, Your Story

State of Texas employees share how ERS benefits have enhanced their lives.

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.
 

Getting back to who she used to be

December 28, 2018

Jennica Preston is happy to share the benefits of getting and staying fit with friends and colleagues.

Support and Success with Real Appeal

December 28, 2018

Making healthier choices is key in controlling A1C, Virginia Harwell has found.

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.

Benefits provide security for future-focused Elsa Morfin Ibarra

September 5, 2018

Elsa Morfin Ibarra had her eyes on the future when she decided to take a job with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in Pharr, Texas.

“The best job around”

July 5, 2018

Maria Zepeda has worked at the Smith Unit, a maximum-security prison for male offenders in Lamesa, Texas for more than 16 years. She says her most challenging and rewarding job is to remind employees to look “at the overall picture,” when assessing the advantages of working for the state.

Stroke: No match for resilience and grit

March 7, 2018

Vanessa Alba has had many victories since she had a stroke five years ago. Her fierce determination, along with a health care plan that offer great support, have led to restored health and independence.

An ounce of prevention

January 10, 2018

At the early stages of breast cancer, sometimes the tumors are so small, they cannot be felt—no matter how thorough the self-examination. That’s what Jennifer Gaskill found. Her annual mammogram proved to be a lifesaver.