Legislative Updates

TRS-Care Insurance Cards on the Way

TRTA members have been calling to request more information about TRS-Care insurance cards for the coming plan year, which begins on January 1, 2018. The information that was reported last night stated that participants “auto-enrolled in the TRS-Care plans should have already received their insurance cards in the mail.” While some participants already have received their insurance cards, many others have not. Read more!

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Important Health Care Dates and Options for Retirees

As many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know, the open enrollment date for Medicare Advantage plans ends today, Thursday, December 7, 2017. Some TRS-Care participants who are Medicare-eligible and intend to terminate coverage with TRS-Care may have some questions about their options after today. Please continue reading to learn more about important deadlines and potential options.

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TRTF Making a Difference: Bailey Bohlken

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is dedicated to cultivating the next crop of teachers and public education professionals in Texas. As a part of this mission, TRTF has created the Beginning Teacher Scholarship program. At $750 apiece, Beginning Teacher Scholarships are a great way for new teachers to pay for certification tests and classroom supplies. In 2018, TRTF will distribute 15 Beginning Teacher Scholarships!

Bailey Bohlken began her first year of teaching at Sulphur Springs High School this fall. Bohlken is teaching algebra and is also a softball coach. She received three scholarships during her studies, and the scholarships helped pave her way into the teaching field. 

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Happy Thanksgiving from TRTA and TRTF!

This is the time of year to reflect and appreciate those who are a special part of our lives!

The TRTA Board of Directors and the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) Board of Trustees are so very thankful for the time you spend volunteering for TRTA and the donations you have made to help fund TRTF’s many charitable programs. 

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TRTF Making a Difference: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson’s favorite moments as a teacher come when a student succeeds in an unexpected way. She refers to these as the “little accomplishments,” and she sees them every day. Wilson is a teacher at Georgetown’s Jack Frost Elementary. She works with pre-kindergarten students who have disabilities, and she’s been helping special education students for 15 years.
 
Among the new skills the students learn while working with Wilson is how to move their bodies. Specifically, the students learn how to use their gross motor muscles like their arms and legs.
 
Wilson uses a wide variety of games and toys to teach the students. However, many of these toys can be expensive, and moving them from one place to another can be cumbersome.

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Governor Names New Trustees to TRS Board

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott announced the names of the three new trustees who will fill open positions on the Board of Trustees for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Governor Abbott has appointed Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, James “Dick” Nance, and Nanette Sissney to the TRS Board of Trustees for terms set to expire August 31, 2023.

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TRTF Making a Difference: Matt Stricklen

Matt Stricklen has been teaching at Akins High School in Austin, Texas for three years. His newest project is the most ambitious any of his students have undertaken, and it’s an opportunity for the students to learn about the power of ingenuity and collaboration.

Stricklen is teaching his students to build an augmented reality sandbox. The project may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it instead refers to a teaching tool students are using to learn about topography, the study of the shape and features on the surface of the Earth.

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November 9 Set as TRS-Care Auto Enrollment Date by TRS
According to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), TRS-Care plan participants who do not terminate their TRS-Care coverage by November 9 will be auto-enrolled into the new Humana and SilverScript (CVS) health care plan. November 9 is the cutoff date for the enrollment file TRS will submit to Humana, SilverScript (CVS) and the federal agency known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
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Welcome to Foundation Month 2017

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is the charitable arm of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). TRTF is responsible for providing grants and assistance to active and retired educators. November is the month that TRTF hosts its donation drive known as Foundation Month.

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Interim Charges for Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Released

The next Texas legislative session doesn’t convene until 2019, but the groundwork for future legislative action is already beginning. The Texas Legislature recently released its interim charges for the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. The charges include issues pertaining to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund and the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.

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