Medicare-eligible retirees: Fall Enrollment begins November 1

September 13, 2021
Cover of Your ERS Connection 2021 Fall Enrollment newsletter

The annual benefits enrollment period for Medicare-eligible retirees in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) is November 1 through November 19. You may make changes to dental, vision and life insurance coverage for yourself and your eligible dependents during this period. All changes are effective January 1, 2022. (Medicare-enrolled retirees can make changes to their health coverage any time of the year, including during Fall Enrollment.)

What’s new for Plan Year 2022

There are no significant changes in premium rates, coverage or plan administration for Plan Year 2022.

If you are a former HMO plan participant who transitioned to the HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage Plan preferred provider organization (MA PPO) or HealthSelectSM Secondary on September 1, you can choose to switch health plans during Fall Enrollment or any time of the year. You must submit your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to ERS to enroll in the HealthSelect MA PPO. You can do this through your ERS OnLine account or by calling ERS toll-free at (877) 275-4377. View the Health Plans Comparison Chart in your Fall Enrollment packet or online to learn about the differences between the two plans.

Watch for your enrollment guide in the mail

ERS will send you a Fall Enrollment packet in mid to late October with information about your benefits. You also can visit the Fall Enrollment page on the ERS website to view the Fall Enrollment guide, premium rates and information from plan administrators.

Benefits enrollment for retirees and survivors not yet eligible for Medicare ended in July. Any retiree or survivor can change any of their benefit elections within 31 days of a qualifying life event (QLE), or they can opt to end or reduce coverage at any time.

Get answers to your benefits questions

Like last year, ERS and plan administrators will address Fall Enrollment questions in convenient online webinars. ERS and UnitedHealthcare also plan to host phone-in sessions about HealthSelect MA PPO and HealthSelectSM Medicare Rx.  Find a schedule of information sessions in your Fall Enrollment guide or on the ERS website, and register on the ERS Events page.