(beginning January 1, 2012)
Now through December 9, 2011, if you or a family member covered by the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) uses tobacco, you must sign in to your account on ERS OnLine or call (866) 399-6908 toll-free to certify tobacco use.
If you do not use tobacco and do not cover family members who use tobacco, you do not need to do anything; your premiums will not increase. If you are not enrolled in a state health plan, you do not have to do anything.
Under state law, tobacco users will pay higher premiums for their health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2012 ($30, $60, or $90 more each month in additional health insurance premiums, depending on how many tobacco users are covered).
Are you ready to quit using tobacco?
Take advantage of the tobacco cessation programs offered by your health insurance plan. If you are tobacco-free for at least three consecutive months, you will not have to pay the higher premiums. Visit the ERS website for additional information.