TRTA Members in Action Making a BIG Difference!!
Today, February 25, the Texas House Appropriations Committee Chairman, John Otto, made a public announcement that the House intends to fully fund TRS-Care for the 2016-17 biennium. This means the $768 million projected shortfall to the retiree health insurance program will be funded under the House budget proposal.
“Many House members are concerned about our retired teachers and TRS-Care. Members of Appropriations and members throughout the House have come up to me and expressed their clear desire to help retired teachers,” Otto said. “I want to reassure every member on this Committee, every member in the House and every retired teacher that the House will fully fund TRS-Care. This issue is too important to go unaddressed so I want to commit to you today that the House will fund our obligations to our retired teachers.”
This is a developing story with more details to follow! This exciting news is what our public education retirees have been hoping to hear. Thank you for your many efforts to contact your legislators during the interim and legislative session. Because of you, your legislators have heard your concerns loud and clear and have a strong desire to help our retirees!
TRTA and its members are very grateful to Chairman Otto and all members of the House Appropriations Committee for this news. TRTA is committed to working hard this session with members of the Texas Senate and House to protect the TRS-Care program and its participants.
More details to come as they are available.
Please be sure to stay tuned into the Inside Line throughout the 84th Legislative Session, as we will be bringing you all the latest updates on our broad legislative agenda, including any bills concerning TRS-Care, the continued funding of the TRS pension trust fund, pension increases for all TRS retirees, and also congressional issues such as the WEP and GPO.
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