August 7, 2009
  HR Update

 

Benefits changes for plan year 2010
As you plan your benefits summer enrollment, please be aware of several changes. Starting Sept. 1, the two state dental plans (DMO and Texas Dental Choice Plan) will be administered by HumanaDental. The Aetna DMO will become the Humana Dental DHMO, and the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan will keep its name, but will drop the three-year waiting period for maximum benefits.  Participants will now receive maximum benefits beginning immediately.  Also, the maximum annual benefit available in the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan will increase by 20 percent to $1,500.  The benefits under the HumanaDental DHMO (formerly Aetna DMO) will remain the same.

If you are currently enrolled in the Aetna DMO Plan, you will be required to register your primary care dentist as this information will not automatically rollover once the plan changes to the HumanaDental DHMO in September.  You can register your primary care dentist (PCD) via ERS On-line, by phone or by completing the Humana DHMO form.  You can phone in your PCD to HumanaDental at 877-377-0987 (toll-free).

Insurance rates for plan year 2010
These rates will become effective on Sept. 1, 2009:  

Premium rates for Plan Year 2010 – Full-time employees

HealthSelect of Texas
Coverage Premium State Pays Member Pays
Member Only $385.38 $385.38 $0.00
Member & Spouse $826.02 $605.70 $220.32
Member & Children $680.42 $532.90 $147.52
Family $1,121.06 $753.22 $367.84


Premium rates for Plan Year 2010 – Part-time employees

HealthSelect of Texas
Coverage Premium State Pays Member Pays
Member Only $385.38 $192.69 $192.69
Member & Spouse $826.02 $302.85 $523.17
Member & Children $680.42 $266.45 $413.97
Family $1,121.06 $376.61 $744.45


Dental rates for Plan Year 2010

State of Texas Dental Choice PlanSM
Coverage Premium  
Member Only $22.46
Member & Spouse $44.92
Member & Children $53.90
Family $76.36


HumanaDental DHMO
Coverage Premium  
Member Only $8.52
Member & Spouse $17.05
Member & Children $20.45
Family $28.98

The monthly premium for the Short-Term Disability Plan will decrease from 32 cents per $100 of salary to 29 cents per $100 of salary effective Sept. 1, 2009.   Long-Term Disability and life insurance rates will remain unchanged for Plan 2010.

ERS OnLine offers benefits help
The Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) offers several resources to answer your benefits questions during the summer enrollment period.  The online tools include video tutorials that walk you through process of making benefits changes online.  You can view the videos and several other benefits resources on the ERS Web site.

Please note that summer enrollment ends on July 31.

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