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 automatically be enrolled in HealthSelect. 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 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.
* The 60-day waiting period applies to hires on or after June 1, 2014. Employees hired before that date are subject to a 90-day waiting period.
Caremark Prescription Drug Coverage
Caremark is the prescription drug benefit manager for participants in HealthSelectSM of Texas.
You can create an online account on the Caremark website to order and refill prescriptions. Caremark has customer service representatives available at (888) 886-8490.ERS Online
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