The State of Texas pays the health insurance premiums for full-time employees and half of the premiums for their dependents. If you are a full-time employee, working at a job where your regular schedule is 30 hours or more per week, you will need to make an active election in ERS. If you are regularly scheduled to work less than 30 hours, you can select health coverage for you and your dependents, but you will not be automatically enrolled. The State pays half of the premiums for part-time state employees and 25% of their dependents’ premium costs. If you choose to forego utilizing the State of Texas medical insurance, you can find an insurance provider at healthcare.gov.
If you are new to state employment, you will become eligible for health insurance on the first day of the month following your first 60 days of employment.* You may use the script below to see your insurance start date.
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If you have transferred from another eligible state agency or institution with no break in coverage, or if you were covered as a dependent or on COBRA in the GBP, you may continue participation and not have a 60-day wait. You have 30 days to make health coverage changes.
Some employees may prefer to opt out of employer-sponsored medical coverage at UH, either because they prefer the coverage offered by their spouse's plan, or because they work for UH part-time and would like to seek a different plan on the open marketplace. Opting out can only be done within the first 30 days of employment or during the annual enrollment period in July. Individuals who purchase medical insurance through the open marketplace should be aware that they will need to file additional paperwork with their annual Federal Tax Return: Health Insurance Marketplace Statement
Persons who remain covered under HealthSelect are not subject to the additional filing requirements.
OptumRx Prescription Drug Coverage
OptumRx, an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, is the prescription drug benefit manager for participants in HealthSelectSM of Texas.
You can create an online account on the OptumRX website to order and refill prescriptions. OptumRx has customer service representatives available at (866) 336-9371 (TTY 711).ERS Online
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