Articles about ERS

ERS Annual Benefits Update

Posted on 2/1/2018
Learn about the 2017 ERS review of state benefits including an actuarial review of the state pension fund.

Apply to Serve on the ERS Group Benefits Advisory Committee

Posted on 9/22/2017
If you’d like to serve your fellow active and retired state employees, consider applying for an appointment to the ERS Group Benefits Advisory Committee. This committee will provide input on the Group Benefits Program.

Plan Ahead for Emergencies to Avoid a Higher Copay

Posted on 9/19/2017
As of Sept. 1, HealthSelect of Texas and HealthSelect Out-of-State plan participants pay a higher copay when they receive care at a non-network freestanding ER. Please note: This change does not apply to Medicare Advantage or HMO plan participants.

ERS Board Lowers Assumed Rate of Return for Pension Fund

Posted on 8/24/2017
Lowering the assumed rate of return will not affect current annuity checks. The effects of lowering the return rate will be felt years down the road and depend on how the Legislature addresses the fund’s unfunded liability.

ERS Board Adopts 2018 Premiums for Medicare-eligible Retirees

Posted on 8/24/2017
At its Aug. 23 meeting, the ERS Board of Trustees adopted Plan Year 2018 premium rates for Medicare-eligible retirees. The State will continue covering 100 percent of the retiree’s premium and 50 percent of the spousal premium.

2017 ERS Election Results Announced

Posted on 5/11/2017
Congratulations to Catherine Melvin, the newest member of the ERS Board of Trustees. Melvin, who serves as chief auditor at the Department of Public Safety, received 35 percent of the total vote and won the election by nearly 2,300 votes.

Open Letter from Current ERS Board Member Brian Ragland

Posted on 4/3/2017
"I have known and worked with board candidate Benito Ybarra since he joined the Texas Department of Transportation, and I can tell you that he has the demonstrated skills, temperament and mindset to serve you on the ERS Board of Trustees."

Q-and-A with ERS Board Candidate Benito Ybarra

Posted on 3/28/2017
Active and retired state employees have an important vote to cast between March 10 and April 14: their vote for the next elected member of the Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Your Guide to the 2017 ERS Board Election

Posted on 3/8/2017
From March 10–April 14, active and retired state employees will have the opportunity to vote for the next elected member of the ERS Board of Trustees.

Vote for Benito Ybarra for the ERS Board of Trustees

Posted on 2/23/2017
The TPEA Board of Directors proudly endorses Benito Ybarra, chief audit and compliance officer at the Texas Department of Transportation, for the ERS Board of Trustees.