The Employees Retirement System (ERS) Board of Trustees announced Feb. 21 that it will negotiate a contract with United HealthCare Services, Inc. to serve as the third party administrator for the self-funded HealthSelect℠ of Texas health plan beginning Sept. 1.
Here is more information, provided by Donna Shell, Human Resources director, UNT System Business Service Center.
Why is the Employees Retirement System (ERS) changing the HealthSelect administrator?
ERS regularly rebids all of the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program contracts to ensure members get quality benefits at a reasonable cost. ERS selected United HealthCare Services, Inc. after a rigorous eight-month review process. The new contract is expected to save the health plan money, while providing quality benefits. Because the health plan is self-funded, saving money for the plan benefits all HealthSelect members by helping to offset some of the plan costs. There are 438,570 employees, retirees and their dependents who are members of the plan.
What do I need to do?
You do not have to do anything. However, beginning Sept. 1, you will need to show your new medical ID card to your doctor or other medical provider. You will receive your new cards before Sept. 1.
Can I still see my doctor?
About 2 percent of HealthSelect members may need to select a new doctor to get network benefits. HealthSelect members can search the United HealthCare Choice Plus network (9th option) to find out if their doctor is in the network. The online directory is the most current source of information on network providers.
Am I going to pay more?
You will not pay more because of this transition. The legislature and/or the ERS Board of Trustees determine the plan design and premium changes. ERS examines the benefit design and premiums and determines if changes are necessary on an annual basis at the May Board of Trustees meeting. We will provide this information to you this summer.
What about my prescriptions?
Your prescription drug benefit is not changing as part of this transition.
Where can I get more information?
ERS will provide full details on this transition during Annual Enrollment period, usually in summer. In the meantime, ERS will provide monthly updates and will post information online.
Posted on: Mon 27 February 2012