Legislative Updates

Happy Holidays From TRTA

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) extends its seasons greetings to all members and friends. As the year draws to a close, we know our dedicated retirees will enjoy spending time with loved ones and celebrating the holidays.

We at TRTA, the Board of Directors and staff, want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for all of the support you have given to this great organization in 2016. 

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Texas Retired Teacher Foundation Nearing Fundraising Goal!

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF), the charitable arm of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), would like to thank all of our members and friends for their generous donations this holiday season.

As our members may know, November was designated by the TRTA Board of Directors as Foundation Month, a time to increase awareness of our charitable partner organization’s programs, good deeds and plans for the future!

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Questions and Concerns About Enrolling in the New TRS Humana MA Plan

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is receiving many calls and emails regarding a letter that was sent out on November 25 about the transition from Aetna Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan to Humana MA. As our members may recall, a decision was made by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees over the summer to change providers for the MA plan from Aetna to Humana.

The calls and emails we are receiving indicate confusion about the content of the letter. The letter is from Aetna and communicates the first part of the transition, that members will be disenrolled from Aetna’s MA plan. While this is true, this does not mean that plan participants are losing their coverage. Rather, the information we have received is that Aetna MA participants will be automatically enrolled in the new Humana MA plan.

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TRS Board Meets to Discuss Condition of Pension Fund, Legislative Study on Health Care

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees met this week on December 1 to discuss topics such as the actuarial valuation of the pension fund, the current state of the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program, and the conclusions provided by the Legislative Interim Study Group regarding retiree health care.

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TRTF Making A Difference: Teacher Grants In Action

Allen Hubbard lives for the excitement of the classroom. When students walk through the door, Hubbard’s infectious energy sparks the curiosity of his students’ budding minds.

As a physics teacher at Akins High School in Austin, Texas, Hubbard manages the thin line between education and frenzy as he works to instill his passion into the hearts of his students.

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Happy Thanksgiving from TRTA and TRTF!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) wish all of our members and friends a very joyful Thanksgiving!

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TRTA Member Alert: Legislative Study Group Releases Health Insurance Report, Retirees to Bear Burden of Growing TRS-Care Costs

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) appreciates the work of the members of the interim committee, as well as their diligence in releasing the report prior to January’s 85th Legislative Session.

TRTA has stated for years that TRS-Care and TRS-ActiveCare are in trouble, and this report confirms our belief. The report says “continuing to fund (TRS-Care) on a biennial basis is no longer feasible because costs continue to rise at an alarming rate.”

TRTA retirees are extremely grateful for the health care program provided by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). The partnership between all involved parties is what has made this important benefit available for retirees. Unfortunately, this report’s primary recommendation is to put the burden of change, the impending $1.3 to $1.5 billion budget shortfall, on retirees. 

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TRS-Care Study Group Releases Its Interim Report, Changes Likely Imminent For TRS-Care

The TRS-Care Study Group released its report today on the TRS-Care shortfall in a 200-page report. The report features letters from legislators, recommendations on the future of TRS-Care and background information.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will have a comprehensive overview for our members by tomorrow.

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Making a Difference: TRTF Offers New Beginning Teacher Scholarships!

As our members may know, November has been designated by the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Board of Directors as Foundation Month, a time to increase awareness of our charitable partner organization’s programs, good deeds, and plans for the future!

Just in time for Foundation Month, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is pleased to announce its newest program, Beginning Teacher Scholarships!

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TRTA at the Texas Public Policy Foundation: Defending Your Public Pension Plan!

On Thursday, November 10, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) attended and spoke during the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) event Rethinking Retirement: Solutions to Secure Texas' Public Pension Plans.

Representing TRTA on two separate panels were Executive Director Tim Lee and Retirement Consultant and former Executive Director of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Ronnie Jung.

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