Insurance benefits include medical, dental, prescription drugs, optional term life insurance, short term disability and long term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, dependent term life and long term care through CNA.
The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) administers most insurance benefits. Find information about costs, providers, coverage and other plan details in the links below.
- Find an enrollment form for benefits or qualifying life events; learn about qualifying life events.
- Find health insurance costs for FY16.
- Find information about benefits, including Medicare, on the ERS website.
Annual enrollment in State of Texas-sponsored health and optional benefits provided by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) is scheduled each summer, usually in July. Employees with a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child may adjust benefits to accommodate that change within 30 days of its occurrance. Enrolled employees with questions may contact a Human Resources Benefits Coordinator, or log in with your ERS name and password to contact ERS by phone or email.
Coverage selected during annuall enrollment is effective from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, the fiscal year for the State of Texas.
Who is eligible?
Benefits-eligible employees are:
- Part time employees who work 20-29 hours per week (50 to 74 percent of FTE)
- Full time employees who work 30 or more hours per week (75 percent of FTE)
The group benefit plan is administered by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) on behalf of the State of Texas. The health plan's official name is HealthSelect of Texas, or Health Select, and it is managed by United Healthcare.
Benefits-eligible employees must enroll the optional benefits (dental, optional term life insurance, short term and long term disability, accidental death and dismemberment and dependent term life insurance) during the first 31 days of employment.
Full-time employees automatically will be enrolled in Employee Only medical coverage, but must enroll dependents under medical coverage during the first 60 days of employment. Part-time employees must enroll themselves and any dependents into the medical plan during the first 60 days of employment. If the 31-day deadline or the 60-day deadline is missed, employees must wait until the next Annual Enrollment period, or may enroll if they experience a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth of child, etc.
- Find information about qualifying life events.
Annual Enrollment is coordinated by ERS and is usually held in July. All employees may make changes to their ERS-administered benefits during Annual Enrollment.
The UNT System employer pays the cost of medical insurance for full-time employees, those who work 30 or more hours per week, and a portion of the cost for employees who work 20-29 hours per week. Employees must pay for insurance for family members.
Tobacco Use Certification
State law requires enrollees to certify tobacco use.
United Healthcare Allies offer vision benefits, coaching and discounts on health, fitness and wellness products and services that may not be included in the insurance plan. These products and services are not insurance, but are available to eligible employees enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s HealthSelect plan. Programs include weight management, nutrition counseling, gym memberships, fitness equipment and apparel, stress management and others.
Enrolled employees may learn more and find participating providers by logging into myuhc.com/hs and selecting the Extra Programs and Discounts icon on the right side of the page.
Human Resources Benefits Coordinators and the HR Records and Support Center are available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondary through Friday. Center staff may refer callers to ERS because only an ERS representative can answer certain specific questions. Eligible and enrolled employees may visit the ERS website to register and obtain a password for self-service activities.
ERS Benefit Links and Resources
- United Healthcare HealthSelect (ERS)
- ERS Prescription Drug Plan
- Caremark (prescription drug plan manager)
- ERS Tobacco Certification Policy
- ERS Dental Plans
- ERS Vision Benefit and eye exams
- ERS Flexible Spending Account (TexFlex)- Health Care
- ERS Flexible Spending Account (TexFlex) - Dependent Care
- ERS Short Term Disability Insurance
- ERS Long Term Disability Insurance
- ERS Dependent Term Life Insurance
- ERS Optional Term Life Insurance
- ERS Voluntary ADD Insurance
- ERS Basic Term Life Insurance
- Find the ERS Rate Calculator
- Find ERS health insurance costs.
- ERS Health Insurance Opt-Out Credit
- United Healthcare Allies wellness products and services (for eligible employees enrolled in HealthSelect)
- ERS retiree insurance benefits
Please note that ERS administers only these benefits. ERS manages a retirement program for certain state agencies - not for employees of institutions of higher education. Find retirement information.
ERS Flexible Spending Accounts (TexFlex)
TexFlex Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to pay for certain medical expenses and for dependent care with funds deducted from pay prior to tax calculations. Benefits-eligible employees must enroll in TexFlex during the first 31 days of employment.
- Find a list of FSA Eligible Expenses.
As of Sept. 1, 2015, TexFlex accounts are managed by ADP.
- Find the TexFlex website to create an account, receive information, upload claims, direct deposit reimbursements and monitor your account.
TexFlex health care enrollees may use their debit card for health care expenses, or may submit a claim online, by fax or mail. TexFlex dependent care enrollees cannot use a TexFlex debit card for those claims.
Please note that dependent care claims must be submitted using the ADP form and must include a receipt. If the receipt identifies the cost as "tuition," the claim will be rejected.
Questions about TexFlex?
Please contact TexFlex ADP Customer Care, toll free 844-884-2364, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
CNA Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care insurance helps benefits-eligible participants provide for assistance when a serious illness or disability renders them unable, physically or cognitively, to care for themselves for a lengthy period of time. Long-term care can be provided at home or at a nursing facility, assisted living or an alternative care facility.
Long-term care insurance is offered to UNT System component employees, spouses, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents or grandparents-in-law through CNA. Employees may enroll at any time and premiums for employee and spouse may be paid through payroll deduction. All others must be invoiced separately.
- Contact a Human Resources Benefits Coordinator.
- Call the Human Resources Records and Support Center, 1-855-878-7650, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- For payroll deductions and information, contact Business Support Services, 1-855-868-4357.
- Find information about the federal Affordable Care Act.
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