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New Year, New Numbers
Be health ready in the new year with your health plan and prescription checklist.
On January 1st of each year, deductibles, coinsurance maximums and out-of-pocket maximums
reset. You may pay more for a script after January 1st than you may have paid in December.
ERS has posted a ERS New Year Checklist with more information.
Texas Department of Insurance's Texas Healthcare Costs - Consumer Information Guide
TDI has created a Consumer Information Guide to help create an estimate of what different services and procedures usually cost. You can compare both in-network and out-of-network information by zipcode and see the average cost for different parts of the state for the same service. Please note data used is based on 2016 claims.
Blue Cross Blue Shield - HealthSelect "Find a Cost"
By logging into your "My HealthSelect" account, you are able to find and compare costs to services and procedures. The HealthSelect tool searches for provides given your location, type of procedure you chose and gives you the estimated cost given the benefit per the medical plan you are enrolled in.
Employee Assistance Program/Mental Health
Medical, Prescription & Retirement Information
- Medical Plan
- OptumRx Prescription Plan
- Retirement Plans
- ORP Vendors
- TDA Vendors
- Benefits after Retirement
- As a TRS or ORP retiree, you may be eligible for retiree insurance if:
- you have at least 10 years with an agency (college or state department) that participates in ERS insurance) and
- your last place of public employment was with an agency or higher education institution that participates in the GBP)
- ORP Participants will need an ORP account from which they are eligible to start drawing payments. If you withdraw or roll over all your funds to another account at retirement, you will not be eligible for retiree insurance through ERS. For more information please see the ERS website.
- Important Information about Tiered Rates:
If you did not have 5 years by 8/31/2014, you will have to meet the following requirements:
- 20 years - 100% retiree premium paid
- 15 years - 75% retiree premium paid
- 10 years - 50% retiree premium paid
ERS still requires at least 10 years service credit with an agency that participates in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (higher education or state department/agency) to be eligible for GBP retiree insurance.
Click here to view the Ready, Set, Retire Presentation for Higher Education employees.
- Vision Plan
- Dental Plan
- Dependent Term Life
- Short Term Disability
- Long Term Disability
- Optional Term Life Insurance
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment
Other Benefits and Information
- Keeping You Safe! - 5 Tips for Active Shooter Preparedness
- Beginning Employment
- Employee Discounts
- Special Instructions / How to...
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Leave Benefits
- Workers' Compensation
- Complimentary Chronicle of Higher Education On-line Subscription (District-wide access)
NOTE: Most employee out-of-pocket premiums are automatically paid with pre-tax dollars authorized by the Internal Revenue Code. This includes premiums deducted from your paycheck for health and dental coverage, Optional Term Life Insurance, and Voluntary AD&D. Premiums for Dependent Term Life and Disability insurance are paid with after -tax money, so that you do not pay tax on any benefits you may receive. Should you have Optional Term Life Insurance of more than $50,000 a portion of that premium could be taxed.