House Bill 2, the supplemental appropriations bill which includes funding for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program shortfall, passed the Texas House of Representatives last night! The bill, which received just one dissenting vote, is now on its way to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk.

To view a list of all Representatives who participated in the vote for HB 2, click here. Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) was the sole vote against the bill.

Let’s thank our Representatives for passing House Bill 2! Click this link to send an email today!

As our members know, HB 2 includes $768 million to be applied towards TRS-Care. Once signed by the Governor, TRS-Care premiums will remain stable for the coming biennium.

While long-term solutions for TRS-Care will need to be discussed during the interim before the 85th Legislative Session begins in 2017, retirees can look forward to keeping their health care coverage at an affordable cost for the next two years.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is working on a comprehensive video update about the 84th Legislative Session and all that our members have accomplished in the past five months. Your efforts have made all the difference in garnering support for TRS-Care!

You can also look forward to a detailed report about HB 2, HB 2168 and other bills that were considered during session in our next issue of The VOICE, the TRTA news bulletin. Expect this update in your mailbox this June!

Make sure to receive your copy of The VOICE by participating in the TRTA membership drive, which is happening now! You can renew your membership dues by calling 1.800.880.1650 or learn more on our website.

Thank You!

Don’t forget to send a thank you email to your State Representative!

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.

Thank you for your membership in the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, please contact us at 1.800.880.1650. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Visit our YouTube channel for regular video updates.