Your ERS Connection Retiree Newsletter

September 2021 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version - Fall 2021

Topics include: 

  • Medicare-eligible retirees: Fall Enrollment begins Nov. 1
  • News from the 87th Texas Legislature: Lawmakers move to support retirement fund, health care benefits
  • Message from the Executive Director: Rebuilding a sustainable Trust Fund
  • David Veal named CIO
  • Upcoming annuity payment dates
  • Walk your way to better health
  • Neika Clark joins ERS Board of Trustees
  • Don’t forget your vaccine…

June 2021 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version - Summer 2021

Topics include: 

  • Retirees not eligible for Medicare: Annual benefits enrollment begins soon
  • Message from the Executive Director: An unconventional year
  • ERS certifies board candidate
  • HMOs no longer offered starting Sept. 1: Learn about options for plan participants
  • Don’t lose sight of your vision benefits
  • Texa$averSM introduces flat fee, new investment option
  • UnitedHealthcare Hearing can help you hear the moments that matter most
  • You got your shot? Protect yourself from COVID scams

March 2021 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version - Spring 2021

 Topics include: 

  • ERS annuity basics
  • HMO plans no longer offered starting Sept. 1
  • Message from the Executive Director: Restoring the ERS Trust Fund to health
  • Upcoming annuity payment dates
  • Resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Cast your vote for the new ERS trustee
  • ERS Board appoints new advisory committee members
  • Taking a mind-body approach to nutrition
  • Discount Purchase Program: Fresh discounts for spring
  • Texas Veterans Land Board celebrates 75 years of service

December 2020 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version – Winter2020

 Topics include: 

  • Your tax time checklist
  • Stay safe and save with the Discount Purchase Program
  • Message from the Executive Director: Planning in uncertain times
  • Don’t be caught off-guard: Deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums for many plans reset Jan. 1
  • ERS CIO Tull to retire  
  • HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage participants: Learn how your plan’s “Extra Benefits” can help you save money, be healthy
  • Caring for your mental health
  • 2021 annuity payments: Why the amount you earn may change in the new year

September 2020 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version – Fall 2020

Topics include: 

  • Fall Enrollment begins October 26
  • UnitedHealthcare to become insurer for HealthSelect Medicare Advantage
  • Message from the Executive Director: Change on the Horizon
  • Retirees remain satisfied with health and retirement benefits
  • Diabetes and aging: What you should know
  • Don’t forget the flu
  • Understanding your life insurance needs
  • Avoiding phone fraud
  • Upcoming annuity payment dates
  • KelseyCare Advantage not available through ERS starting January 1
  • Discount Purchase Program: Fall savings  

June 2020 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version – Summer 2020

Topics include: 

  • Annual enrollment for retirees not eligible for Medicare is July 13-24
  • Contact Center fields questions, lends support
  • Message from the Executive Director: Facing challenges together
  • More than a badge: Retiree tells tales of West Texas law enforcement career
  • ERS tobacco policy updated for e-cigarettes
  • Upcoming annuity payment dates
  • Online retailers join State of Texas VisionSM network
  • Time to try telehealth?
  • New insurer for HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage starting 2021
  • Discount Purchase Program

March 2020 Your ERS Connection

PDF Version – Spring 2020

 Topics include: 

  • Your annuity and the ERS Retirement Trust Fund
  • Know the facts about getting your medication by mail
  • Message from the Executive Director: Keeping our commitments
  • Share your time and talent through volunteering
  • Choosing a Mediterranean diet is easier than you think
  • Join our Facebook community
  • ERS Board appoints new advisory committee members
  • Annuity payment dates
  • ERS adopts rule amendment
  • Discount Purchase Program