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HR Update: Your benefits provide resources and services to help manage diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, two out of five Americans have or will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Let your Employment Retirement System of Texas (ERS) benefits help you manage your condition with services such as no-cost diabetes supplies for certain brands of test stripes, lancets and lancing devices under the HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program (PDP) administered by OptumRX when you use an in-network pharmacy and present your prescription drug ID card. 

Consumer Directed HealthSelect participants can get lancets, lancing devices, syringes, pen needles and OneTouch test strips at no cost after they meet their annual deductible.

Free Glucose Meter Program

The Free Glucose Meter Program lets HealthSelect of Texas and HealthSelect Out-of- State participants get a certain OneTouch Verio glucometer at no cost when they order it through LifeScan (the manufacturer of One Touch products). Once their provider determines which glucometer they should use, participants can contact:

  1. LifeScan Service Center at (866) 355-9962 or visit:
  2. Enter the Brochure Code: 594PRX100. 

LifeScan will deliver the glucometer directly to your address.

To get the OneTouch glucometer at no cost, participants must order through LifeScan. If you prefer to get a glucometer at a retail pharmacy, a prescription from your doctor is required and the applicable copay/coinsurance will apply. To learn more about the HealthSelect diabetic supply coverage click here and read this "Frequently Asked Questions" or call OptumRx Customer Care toll-free at (855) 828-9834 (TTY: 711).

Manage Diabetes Through Fitness 

Taking charge of your fitness routine is an important part of managing your diabetes or dealing with prediabetes. With the pandemic making it difficult to visit a gym, or don't have time to go to one, then check out the virtual classes available through the UNT Rec Center that can be accessed for all levels -- and when it’s convenient for you.