No. Medicare-eligible retirees, dependents and survivors who are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and/or B, as well as HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage Plan, HealthSelectSM Secondary or KelseyCare Advantage HMO have prescription drug coverage through HealthSelectSM Medicare Rx. This plan, administered by UnitedHealthcare®, is as good as or better than many private Medicare Part D plans. You must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and/or B to be eligible for Medicare Part D.
If you remain enrolled in Community First Health Plans or Scott and White Care Plans after you enroll in Medicare, you will have prescription drug coverage through those plans.
Once you have enrolled in Medicare, contact ERS with your Medicare information (located on your Medicare card) to begin the enrollment process for HealthSelect Medicare Rx. The same process applies if you are retired and have Medicare-eligible dependents.
UnitedHealthcare will send you information about your benefits and enrollment date, and shortly after, a plan ID card.
Read details and answers to questions about HealthSelect Medicare Rx at HealthSelect Medicare Rx FAQs.
You can opt out of HealthSelect Medicare Rx coverage. If you do, you won’t have prescription drug coverage through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Plan (GBP). ERS recommends you sign up for a private Part D plan within 63 days of ending your GBP prescription drug coverage. If you delay enrolling in Part D coverage, you may be subject to a penalty from the Social Security Administration.