Your ERS Connection Retiree News

COVID-19 vaccination information and resources

January 22, 2021

ERS continues to work diligently to address members' needs during the ongoing pandemic. Read updates about building operations, your benefits and COVID-19 vaccination. 

Your tax time checklist

December 7, 2020

It’s always good to be prepared. Read this brief reminder about the annuity and health insurance information you may need to complete your tax return.

2021 annuity payments: Why the amount you earn may change in the new year

December 7, 2020

Certain changes in tax withholding and premium payments can  cause your monthly annuity payment to increase or decrease after the beginning of the year. Read this reminder and see annuity payment dates for the first quarter of 2021. 

Message from the Executive Director: Planning in uncertain times

December 7, 2020

The 87th Texas Legislature starts soon. While many things may be different about this session, one thing will be the same: ERS' commitment to making sure lawmakers remain well-informed about the benefits ERS administers and the value they provide to State of Texas retirees.  

Deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums for many plans reset Jan. 1

December 7, 2020

A new year and fresh start sound pretty good. Remember, it’s not just your calendar that starts over—many health insurance deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums reset on January 1.

ERS CIO Tull to retire

December 7, 2020

ERS Chief Investment Officer Tom Tull has played an important role in helping the agency develop a balanced, prudent investment program focused on the long term. Read about some of his achievements.

HealthSelect Medicare Advantage participants: Explore your plan's "Extra Benefits"

December 7, 2020

HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage participants: If you haven’t already, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Extra Benefits offered through UnitedHealthcare, the insurer of the plan starting January 1.

Caring for your mental health

December 7, 2020

Mental and physical health go hand in hand. The Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council's redesigned Mental Health Texas website serves as a one-stop resource for services available to Texans.

Stay safe, shop online and save with the Discount Purchase Program

December 7, 2020

This year, shopping online may be more of a necessity than a choice. Before you start adding items to your virtual shopping cart, make sure you check out the Discount Purchase Program.

Medicare-eligible retirees: 2020 Fall Enrollment begins October 26

September 8, 2020

It's that time of year again. If you're a Medicare-eligible retiree, you can change your benefits elections during Fall Enrollment. Plan to take some time to learn what's new for Plan Year 2021 and refresh your knowledge of your options.
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