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Benefits: Insurance

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. 

Annual enrollment in State of Texas-sponsored health and optional benefits provided by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) will be July 10-24, 2015. 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.

During the annual enrollment period, eligible employees may make changes to coverage that will be effective from Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2016. Changes, with certain exceptions, may not be made after Sept. 1.

  • 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.

  • ERS Benefits

    Insurance

    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.

    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.  The cost of medical insurance for certain graduate student employees also is subsidized at some locations.

    Tobacco Use Certification

    State law requires enrollees to certify tobacco use.

    Wellness Programs

    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. 

    Flexible Spending Accounts

    TexFlex Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to pay for certain medical expenses and for daycare with funds deducted from pay prior to tax calculations. Benefits-eligible employees must enroll in TexFlex during the first 31 days of employment.

    Questions?

    Human Resources Benefits Coordinators and the 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

  • 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 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.

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Photo: UNT System Human Resources Benefits Team, from left Yvette Thomas, Randy Chesser, Sarah Wright, Jordan Barnett, Kosima Ketcham, Elaine Gonzales.