Changes to your Oct. 1 paycheck

September 06, 2023
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If you made changes to your benefits during Summer Enrollment, your elections became effective on Sept. 1. You won’t see how the changes affect your paycheck until Oct. 1.

What are some next steps?

Confirm your enrollments

If you made changes during Summer Enrollment, you got an email or letter from Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) confirming your selections. If you kept it, when you get your Oct. 1 pay stub, check to make sure there are deductions for the coverage you signed up for or maintained and that there are no deductions for any coverage you dropped.

If there is a conflict, first talk with your benefits coordinator or human resources office. They can confirm if the elections you made are reflected accurately.

Questions about coverage and care? Contact plan administrators

If you want to know how to choose a primary care provider or use dental or vision benefits, go to the plan’s website. The plan websites and customer service contacts are your best resource for plan and coverage information. Remember that ERS’ main role during Summer Enrollment is to enroll you in the plans of your choice.

If you applied for life and disability insurance

If you initiated evidence of insurability (EOI) for Optional Term Life insurance, Dependent Term Life Insurance, short-term or long-term disability coverage, you should soon get the results of your EOI application(s), if you haven’t already. You can contact the plan administrator or EOI underwriter for more information.

  • Optional and Dependent Term Life Insurance: Securian toll-free at (877) 494-1716 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT.
  • Texas Income Protection Plan (TIPP) Customer Care: (855) 604-6230 (TDD: 711), Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT. For more information about TIPP, go to

The EOI underwriter will review your EOI application and let you know if you were approved or denied for coverage. If you’re approved, your coverage will automatically begin and premiums will be deducted from your paycheck.