Legislative Updates

MEMBER ACTION ALERT – House Voting Thursday On TRS-Care Funding!

 

The Texas House of Representatives is set to take the most important vote of the legislative session regarding TRS-Care!

Click here to send an email to your representative encouraging them to fund TRS-Care!

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Texas House is scheduled to debate and vote on Senate Bill 1, the appropriations bill for the 85th Legislative Session. This bill will set the state budget and expenditures for the 2018-19 biennium. More than 400 amendments have been filed to the budget, and we can expect a long and arduous debate! 

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Senate State Affairs Discusses TRS-Care Bill

The Senate State Affairs Committee discussed a proposal today to make sweeping changes to TRS-Care, the state-run retiree health insurance program. Senate Bill 788 would eliminate TRS-Care 1, 2 and 3. The bill would require a high-deductible plan for participants under the age of 65 and a Medicare Advantage plan for all Medicare eligible participants. The Medicare Advantage plan would maintain a Medicare Part D Plan for prescription drug benefits.
 
Under SB 788, all Medicare eligible retirees will be moved into a plan with an estimated $146 per month premium. This includes retirees who aren't Medicare Part A Plan eligible. 

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TRTA Hosts Successful Convention and Day at the Capitol

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) held its 64th Annual Convention this week in Austin on March 27-28, followed by a rousing day of advocacy at the Texas Capitol on March 29, where nearly 1,500 TRTA members and friends convened to rally and meet with their legislators.

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TRTA Day at the Capitol is Here! MEMBER ACTION ALERT!

Invite your legislators to join us today for TRTA Day at the Capitol! Clicking here!

Today, March 29, is the Texas Retired Teachers Association Day at the Capitol event! More than 1500 retired educators from across the state will arrive on the east grounds of the Texas Capitol wearing red shirts, carrying red bags and rallying in support of funding for vital pension and health care programs!

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Senate Finance Committee Update: Proposed Budget Includes $311 Million Towards TRS-Care

The Senate Finance Committee met today, March 22, to finalize Senate Bill 1 (SB1). SB1 will determine the State’s general appropriations for the upcoming biennium. The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously, 15-0, to approve SB1 and send it to the Senate floor. Senator Jane Nelson, (R-Flower Mound) announced that SB1 will be presented to the full Senate for a vote next Tuesday, March 28. 

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TRTA 64th Annual Convention and Day at the Capitol Next Week! Member Action Alert Included!

Click here to send an email to your legislators inviting them to join TRTA for Day at the Capitol on March 29!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is finalizing plans for the 64th Annual TRTA Convention to be held in Austin March 27-28, 2017. Nearly 1,000 retirees are registered for the event already, which is taking place at the Hilton Austin on 500 E. 4th Street. Convention attendees and many other retirees and pre-retirees are also gearing up for a busy day of grassroots advocacy at the Texas Capitol on March 29!

 

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Watch Our New TRTATV Episode, Get Updated Information about SB 1750, 1751!

This has been a very busy week for Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) staff and members. During the past three days alone, members have sent more than 60,000 emails to the Texas Legislature! Thank you for your efforts to support the defined benefit plan and the TRS-Care health insurance program.

 

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Big News on TRS-Care! We're Making a Difference!

The March is On to “Keep TRS-Care Affordable,” and major steps in the process for accomplishing this goal has been taken by both the Senate and the House!​

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URGENT MEMBER ALERT: Bills Filed to Eliminate TRS Defined Benefit Plan!

CLICK HERE to send an email to your legislators today, asking them to oppose legislation that eliminates the TRS defined benefit plan!

As the 85th Legislative Session continues to move at breakneck speed, Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders are meeting with your Senators and Representatives on a variety of urgent matters, including TRS-Care and now, the move to do away with the TRS defined benefit plan!

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The March is On to TRTA Day at the Capitol!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is marching on the Texas Capitol grounds on Wednesday, March 29, with thousands of retirees ready to rally to Keep TRS-Care Affordable!

Join us for this day of grassroots advocacy! This is your chance to make your voice heard and get your legislators thinking about you!

If you want to keep TRS-Care affordable for yourself, your fellow retirees and future retirees, then this conversation—and this day—is about you!

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