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Join NBC5 anchors for weekly community conversations about change related to mental health and economic and health care disparities. Among the topics, a new educational course will be offered this fall on African-American culture. 

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Distractions are everywhere. Stay alert with these tips on pedestrian safety by following the rules of the road for walkers and drivers as school is reopening. Watch your speed in school zones, watch out for bicycles and talk to your teen drivers. Learn more about safety tips and resources with the following:

Share the Road

Teen Driving

Pedestrian Safety

While we all know that exercising is important for building endurance and losing weight, you also need to know the signs of when an exercise break is needed to avoid over training or burn out. Learn more  about the warning signs, how long of a break is needed and how to incorporate other fun activities to return to a stronger you!

While most of us are ready for social distancing to end, we may have a long way to go before that happens. So why not take advantage of this time to reevaluate spending habits and find ways to cut costs? Here are some ideas:

  • Even though a latte anywhere but at home sounds great right now, take a look at how much you save by making yourself a cold brew or a cup of plain ol’ joe at home.
  • Mani-pedi movie night! Yes, do those nails at home while you enjoy some streaming time.
  • Take a look at your car insurance. It’s time to comparison shop for a better deal. Check out Nerdwallet’s tips here.
  • Get out the chefs hat! Dining in can save you hundreds of dollars a year. What better time than now to resume the cooking habit? It’s a great time to teach the kids how to cook, as well!
  • Buy used. Many (often charity-supporting) thrift shops have converted to online shopping so that they can stay in business. Same goes for lots of your favorite local used book and record stores, though some are also open for you to browse during limited hours, etc. Most offer curbside, and some even have free delivery. Time for a good read or an oldie but goodie on vinyl? You’ll save by buying “gently worn” or “like new.” Plus, you’ll be shopping local and possibly supporting a favorite cause. 
  • Don’t forget your employee perks programs! You can save on phone plans and lots more.
  • Take advantage of your financial well-being workshops and videos–all part of the In the Green Wellbeing program and it’s free! There are lots of quick videos and easy-to-join workshops about topics like saving for a rainy day, managing debt and cutting day to day costs!
    • Take a look at the Events calendar. Click to register or click to watch a video on demand.
    • And while you are checking that out, join a free workout from home. Time to try Zumba?

Don’t forget to maximize your FY20 vision plan by taking full advantage of any remaining usage before the new plan starts on September 1. 

Need help finding an in-network provider? Visit State of Texas Vision and click on “Locate a Provider.” Learn more


If you have not yet used your floating holiday for fiscal year 2020, please do so before the end of August or that paid holiday will be lost as we move into the new fiscal year on Sept. 1.

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas will begin managing your mental health and substance use benefits for HealthSelect participants, replacing Magellan Healthcare. With this transition, your benefit deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance will not change. Most providers who are in-network with Magellan will also be in the HealthSelect plan. If your current provider is not, a separate letter has been mailed with additional provider options.

Click here for additional resources:,-with-help-from-HealthSelect

Struggling with food choices while at home? Check out what’s cooking with our very own Scrappy’s Kitchen playlist and YouTube channel for quick meals. 

Click here to see the playlist.

Learn tips on how to protect you and your family from mosquito bites, from using insect repellent to wearing protective wear, and take steps to control your home and outdoor environment. Visit to learn more.

Summer Enrollment has concluded. If you made changes, you should have received a benefits confirmation email from ERS. The subject line of this email will read Confirmation of Plan Year 2021 Benefit Elections. Please take a moment to review your benefits confirmation to ensure proper enrollment. Please note, if you did not have an email address assigned to your ERS account at the time you completed enrollment, you will receive your benefits confirmation via US mail.

In the event of any enrollment error, the Benefits team has an opportunity to make corrections to your Plan Year 2021 elections during the timeframe of July 27-October 15. Once this period has passed, allowed changes to plan year 2021, which begins September 1, can only be made with a qualifying life event or Summer Enrollment 2021. Employees who forgot to make changes during enrollment will not be able to use the correction period to make changes.

Contact HR Benefits at 1-855-878-7650 (option 2) or email us at if you believe an enrollment correction is needed.