A Special Message from TRTA and TRTF

Dear members and friends of TRTA and TRTF,

We would like to take this opportunity to share our heartfelt concern for all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Many people, including members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and friends in the active educator community, continue to face dire circumstances or struggle to find the next foot forward. Their neighbors and friends are also struggling. Entire communities will spend months or even years recovering from the devastation left in Harvey’s wake.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is suffering in one way or another. Perhaps you do not reside in the coastal areas of the state, but have family members who do. We know your hearts are hurting for your fellow Texans, and our hearts are hurting as well.

Despite this hurt, there is a great sense of empathy and generosity within the education community. We have heard so many wonderful stories about Texans from all across the state traveling to Corpus Christi or Houston or Port Aransas or Rockport to volunteer to help rescue families, work in shelters or donate food and clothes. The Houston Independent School District will provide three free meals a day to all students for the school year.

Our TRTA staff members today provided donations of baby items, kitchen supplies and more to Seton, a tenant of the TRTA building in Austin, so that doctors who work at the clinic can personally deliver the items tonight.

Texans, and TRTA members especially, are strong, resilient and compassionate. This week alone, TRTA members and friends have donated more than $8,000 to the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) to provide financial relief to retirees and pre-retirees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Thank you so much for reaching into your hearts and sharing your donations to help your fellow retirees and active teachers. TRTF will continue to keep you updated as aid is provided to those in need.

We also want our members to know that American Hearing Benefits, one of TRTA’s endorsed product vendors, is extending the following to TRTA members – if you have had a Starkey hearing aid lost or damaged in the Hurricane, you can have it replaced by calling 888.200.5701.

Please reach out to TRTA and TRTF if you or someone you know is need of emergency assistance as a result of the storm. You can reach us at 1.800.880.1650. Thank you again for being a member of TRTA and supporting the education community.


Nancy Byler Jamie Larson Tim Lee
TRTA President TRTF President TRTA Executive Director

TRS Releases Health Insurance Plan Rollout Schedule

TRTA is preparing to attend tomorrow’s Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees meeting, and has some valuable information to share with members!

The TRS Board of Trustees Board Meeting Book includes the timeline of events for the rollout of the new TRS-Care plans that go into effect on January 1, 2018. This communications timeline will help plan participants understand how the process will unfold over the next few months. Look to Tab 9 in the book for additional details.

TRS Communications Timeline


  • Invitations to retiree information sessions go out:
  • 88 sessions over 40+ days
  • Entire 270,000 retiree population invited
  • Single RSVP process for entire population
  • All TRS-Care vendors will participate: – Humana – CVS Caremark/SilverScript – Aetna
  • Set agenda with presentations for participants with and without Medicare
  • Webinars in November for those who are unable to attend in person
  • TRS releases “The Pulse” publication – announces information sessions, reminder about extended plan year for Standard plan


  • Retiree information sessions begin Oct. 9
  • TRS-Care Medicare Rx announcement letter from SilverScript
  • Plan guides with premium and benefit information
  • TRS releases “The Pulse” publication – includes info session reminder, SilverScript contact info and website


  • In-person retiree information sessions end Nov. 2
  • Week of webinars begins Nov. 6
  • ID cards begin to go out
  • TRS releases “The Pulse” publication – getting ready for Jan. 1


  • ID cards continue to go out
  • TRS releases “The Pulse” publication – getting ready for Jan. 1

January 2018

  • NEW PLAN YEAR for all TRS-Care participants starts Jan. 1, 2018

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If you know a retiree who is not yet a member of TRTA, please encourage them to join.

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