Legislative Updates

TRTA Member Action Alert: Senate Finance Committee to Meet Tuesday!

As the 85th Legislative Session begins moving at breakneck speed, committees are already meeting and discussing issues vital to your retirement security! (See a list of all Senate Committees and their members by clicking here).

On Tuesday, January 24, the Senate Finance Committee will hear from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) regarding their Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Included in this request is funding for the financially burdened TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.

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85th Legislative Session Underway

The 85th Session of the Texas Legislature began yesterday, January 10, 2017. Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) eagerly have awaited the opportunity to welcome returning and newly elected officials to the Texas Capitol, and are ready to work with all Senators and Representatives to protect public education retirees’ vital benefits.

Though session began yesterday, many bills were filed prior to the beginning of session, including some that pertain to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund.

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Happy New Year From the Texas Retired Teachers Association!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is ready to move forward in 2017 thanks to the determination and steadfast support of our 80,000 members all across this great state!

The TRTA staff returned to the office on January 3. Staff members are answering pertinent questions about the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program, processing membership dues and convention registrations, and returning members’ emails and phone calls.

We have been very busy! We are thrilled to share in the enthusiasm that our members are showing in the first few days of the year, and with this momentum, we can accomplish great things in the legislative session that begins on Tuesday, January 10.

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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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