Retirees not eligible for Medicare: Annual benefits enrollment begins soon

June 07, 2021
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The annual benefits enrollment period for participants in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) who are not eligible for Medicare begins June 21. The assigned two-week enrollment phase for retirees and their covered dependents is July 12–July 23.

Benefits enrollment for Medicare-eligible retirees is in the fall. If you are not yet enrolled in Medicare, but a covered dependent is, their enrollment period is during Summer Enrollment.

No changes? No problem

If you do not need to change your benefits, you do not need to do anything. Your current coverage will carry forward to the new plan year, which begins September 1.

New in Plan Year 2022

ERS will no longer offer Scott and White Care Plans (SWCP) and Community First Health Plans (CFHP) through the GBP starting September 1. ERS is providing information to current plan participants about the change and any steps they need to take. You can also learn more at webinars in June and July. See the ERS Events calendar for dates and to register.

Other Plan Year 2022 changes include an increase in the HealthSelectSM health plans’ annual in-network out-of-pocket maximums (medical and pharmacy combined) to align with IRS maximums, and improved coverage for some products related to diabetes monitoring and treatment. You’ll find more information in Summer Enrollment packets.

Look for packets in the mail

ERS will mail your Summer Enrollment guide and Personal Benefits Enrollment Statement (PBES) in late June. You can also view the guide, premium rates and other information from ERS and its plan administrators on the Summer Enrollment webpage.

Update your elections online 24/7

If needed, you can change your benefit elections during your two-week enrollment phase through ERS OnLine. If you don’t have an active ERS OnLine account or you don’t remember your login credentials, you’ll need to call ERS at the number below. You can register your ERS OnLine account or confirm that you can log in before Summer Enrollment starts. If you don’t have internet access or need help updating your benefits, contact ERS during your enrollment phase toll-free at (866) 399-6908 (TTY 711).

icon graphic of laptop monitorSummer Enrollment webinars are back

ERS will again offer online webinars as a safe, convenient alternative to in-person Summer Enrollment events. ERS and plan administrators will present brief overviews of benefits and answer your questions. See a list of scheduled webinars in your Summer Enrollment guide or on the ERS Events calendar.