Benefits Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses
Employees eligible for the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) will be able to enroll their same-sex spouses and dependent children of those spouses in the same coverages and services, and at the same cost, as opposite-sex spouses.
For already existing same-sex marriages that took place in other states, the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing those marriages in Texas will be considered a Qualify Life Event (QLE) by ERS. The QLE period for this event (the time in which someone can enroll a same-sex spouse and/or dependent stepchildren outside of his or her annual enrollment period) is June 26 – July 25, 2015. The effective date for coverage will be July 1, 2015.
For new marriages occurring on or after June 26, 2015, the standard QLE period (within 30 days from the date of the marriage) will apply.
Evidence of Insurability will not be required to enroll in Dependent Term Life Insurance in connection with the QLE. As with all coverages added through the QLE process, coverage will be effective the first day of the month following the QLE date.
For complete details and information regarding verification of dependent eligibility go to the ERS home page.
Annual Enrollment 2015
Schedule of Events:
July 10th to July 24th - 2015 Annual Enrollment
July 14, 2015
DENTON BENEFITS FAIR: The TWU Benefits fair will be held in Hubbard Hall from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Employees Retirement System (ERS) as well as our State Insurance Representatives will not be attending our 2015 Benefits Fair. The TWU Benefits Staff will be available to answer most state benefits questions and Voluntary Benefits vendors will be available to discuss their products.
Lunch will be provided at the Denton event for a limited number of attendees. To RSVP for lunch please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 21, 2015
HOUSTON: Benefits representatives will visit the Houston campus 10 AM to 2 PM. A presentation will take place at 11 AM to provide details of the ERS benefit changes as well as information on TWU Voluntary Benefits. This meeting will be held in Room 3111.
July 23, 2015
DALLAS: Benefits representatives will visit the Dallas Campus 10 AM to 2 PM. A presentation will take place at 11 AM to provide details of the ERS benefit changes as well as information on TWU Voluntary Benefits. This meeting will be held in Room 2707.
Additional ERS Fairs and Webinars will be available throughout the annual enrollment period for those who are unable to attend a campus event. Dates, login details and locations will be posted soon to the ERS Annual Enrollment website.
The employee retirement contribution for TRS members will increase from 6.8% to 7.2% effective 09/01/2015.
Annual Maximum contributions for a TexFlex Health Care Reimbursement Account will increase to $2550.
A new administrator for TexFlex has been announced by ERS. The new administrator is ADP and has a 4 year contract that begins September 1, 2015.
ERS has also announced a new formula for calculating faculty salary and premiums for Optional Life and Disability benefits effective 09/01/2015. The 9 month annual salary will now be divided by 12 months.
Starting September 1, 2015 KelseyCare powered by Community Health Choice will be available to eligible participants in the Houston area. This is administered bt Kelsey Care. Plan details can be found on the new KelseyCare webpage.
Health Select will have a combined out-of-pocket maximum for medical and pharmacy benefits effective January 1, 2016. As a result, pharmacy deductibles will now reset at the start of every calendar year rather than plan year.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on June 26, 2015, regarding same-sex marriage, state agency and higher education employees and retired employees eligible for the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) will be able to enroll their same-sex spuoses and dependent children of those spouses in the same coverages and services, and at the same cost, as opposite-sex spouses. Optional Life and Disability will require EOI during Annual Enrollment.