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TWU's benefits area of human resources is here to assist and support faculty and staff members (and their families). We administer the Optional Retirement Program and Voluntary Savings Account programs.  In addition, we offer confidential benefits counseling services that are intended to help you gain a better understanding of your benefits programs such as health, dental, term life, leave plans such as sick leave, family medical leave and much more.

ANNUAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD 2014

This year’s annual enrollment period took place from Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 25th.   Changes are effective September 1, 2014 and will be reflected on your October 1st check.

ERS has announced information regarding plan changes for plan year 2015. 

  • Please see the ERS Annual Enrollment page and plan year 2015 rate sheet at  http://www.ers.state.tx.us/Employees/Annual-Enrollment/
  • A new Dental Discount Plan has been added as a 3rd option to the two dental plans currently offered.  Careington International Corporation was selected as the provider for this plan. This is a dental discount service plan and not a dental insurance plan.
  • Based on a survey conducted of ERS participants, the TexFlex health care plan will take advantage of new IRS rules allowing employees to carry over $500 for TexFlex health care plans. This change is effective for the plan year starting September 1, 2014. This change will eliminate an employee’s ability to incur additional claims during the grace period but will not affect the deadline to file claims during the grace period.  Participants will have until August 31 of each year to use all but $500 of the money in their health care accounts, and can file claims for reimbursement through December 31 of that year. The TexFlex dependent care accounts will not be impacted by this change.

 TRS (TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM) CHANGES

The Texas Legislature implemented various changes during the 83rd legislative session. One of those changes was an increase in the employee contribution for TRS from 6.4% to 6.7% beginning September 1, 2014. The TRS State Matching rate will remain at 6.8%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits Staff

Tony Yardley
Senior HR Generalist
(940) 898-3563
ayardley@twu.edu

Angela Cagle,
Benefits Manager
(940) 898-3552
acagle@twu.edu