An alternative to paying the tobacco-user premium
Recent federal regulations require ERS to offer a new alternative to paying the tobacco-user premium. This is for members and their dependents who are enrolled in GBP health plans and certified as tobacco users. Choose to Quit (CTQ) is a program that allows tobacco users to have their Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) tobacco-user premiums waived for the plan year. Program rules apply.
If any of your employees currently have a Physician’s Affidavit on file, that affidavit will no longer be effective starting September 1, 2015.
Employees must complete each step of the program to have the tobacco-user premium waived for the rest of the Plan Year. The Choose to Quit program rules are as follows:
- Contact your doctor (M.D. or D.O.) and discuss which tobacco cessation program is right for you.
- Complete that program.
- Return to your doctor, discuss your program completion, and have your doctor sign and date your Choose to Quit Certification form.
- Sign your completed Choose to Quit Certification form.
- Submit your Choose to Quit Certification form to ERS as soon as possible and have it postmarked no later than the end of your health plan year (August 31 for active employees and non-Medicare-eligible retirees and their dependents; December 31 for Medicare-eligible retirees and their dependents).
More information on the Choose to Quit program is available on the Tobacco Policy page of the ERS website.