ERS has announced the FY 2021 premium rates for all of their plans beginning September 1, 2020. The premium rates are unchanged for most plans and are decreasing slightly in a few dependent categories. They have also indicated that very few plan changes are anticipated. However, they have not yet released this year's summer enrollment guide.
ERS has also announced that they will not hold in-person summer enrollment fairs this year, but will have virtual question and answer sessions with each of their insurance plan vendors, see schedule and registration information.
Now is a good time to be sure that ERS has your correct mailing address to ensure that you receive their enrollment materials. Log into your ERS account to verify your contact information and make any changes if you have moved during the past year.
Additional information will be posted here as it comes available, so please check back from time to time. Please contact the HR Benefits office if you need assistance.
The ACC summer enrollment period is now closed. ACC hosted an ERS summer enrollment fair and presentation at HBC on July 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A dozen ERS plan vendors (BCBSTX, OptumRx, Scott & White, Delta Dental, WageWorks and more) were in the lobby beginning at 10:00 a.m. An ERS representative presented information and answered questions beginning at 10:30 a.m. in room #201. If you were unable to attend the ERS presentation, here is a recording of the session.
If you did not want or need to make any changes to your benefits, no action was needed during summer enrollment for your benefits to roll forward into the new plan year.
In addition, HR Benefits staff will be visiting campuses between July 1 & 13 to help employees with enrollment questions, see schedule.
The ERS Summer Enrollment Guide has information about all of the insurance plans and what will change in FY2020. Most plans will have no or very slight premium decreases and there are no major health plan changes for next year. Please see the appropriate rate sheet and chart for more information.
Delta Dental will replace Humana Dental as the plan administrator for the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan and Dental DHMO Plan. To learn more about Delta Dental and see if your dentist is in their network of providers, visit their website. According to ERS, the dental plan benefits will remain the same and premium rates will be the same in the DHMO plan and slightly lower in the Dental Choice plan. Also, the Careington Dental Discount plan will no longer be offered after September 1, 2019.
ERS Emails Confirmation of Changes
If you make any changes to your ERS benefits during Summer Enrollment, ERS will email you a confirmation statement that lists all of the changes. In some cases ERS will send the confirmation by mail. Email confirmations are sent on the same day that the changes are entered in ERS OnLine. Please review your Summer Enrollment confirmation statement carefully to be sure that it reflects the benefit changes you intended to make. If you find a mistake, contact ERS at 877-275-4377.
Important Reminder: If you need to make a Family Status Change or Post Hire Change during the months of July and August, you will need to complete this change form and send it to the ACC HR Benefits office or call ERS customer service at 877-275-4377. During Summer Enrollment, ERS does not allow employees to go online and make these types of changes.
Making your summer enrollment changes is like doing your taxes; because you do it only once a year it can be confusing and easy to make mistakes. That is why it is so important to make sure that your benefits are correct during September. Here are some tips.