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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

The Future of State Benefits: A Series of Education Forums

Event Details

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Insurance Forum

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Retirement Forum

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
State Workforce Forum

Employees Retirement System of Texas Auditorium, 200 E 18th Street, Austin, TX 78711

The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) is responsible for conducting an interim study of how to best provide benefits for state employees and retirees. The ERS will host three educational forums in November regarding the future of state benefits. Dr. David Warner will moderate the Insurance Forum Q&A panel on November 1 at 3pm. Sherri Greenberg will moderate the Retirement Forum Q&A on November 9th at 3pm.

LBJ School graduate Dana Jepson ('93) is coordinating research for the health insurance portion of the interim study. She has enlisted help from the students in Dr. David Warner's State Health Policy class. Ms. Jepson appreciates the contribution of the LBJ School students: "It was important to me to reach out to the LBJ School community during the research phase of the project. The recommendations that we present to the Legislature next year could have far-reaching consequences for state employee benefits. Each student is contributing an important piece of the puzzle, and they are getting practical experience working on a real world project. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of their efforts."

Student Research by Professor David Warner's State Health Policy class

Improving Health Outcomes using Wellness Incentives for Diabetes - Saba Danawala, Simon Kim, Rebecca Lengnick-Hall

Options to Consider: Consumer Driven Health Plans for State Employees - Gabriela Swide

Member Engagement in Controlling Health Costs: An ERS Survey Analysis - Emily Kennedy, Wes Rivers, Jenny Achilles, Chris Rodriguez

Read more about the event on ERA's website.

Read Dr. Warner's bio

Read Sherri Greenberg's bio