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02 Apr
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TRTA Special Alert Update

TRTA Members Take Action

 

Coleman Amendment Shifted in Budget due to Lack of Funds

 

An amendment offered by Representative Garnet Coleman to restore full funding to the TRS-Care health insurance program was moved at the author’s request to Article 11 of the Texas budget. Article 11 is often referred to as the “wish-list” and it includes projects that the Legislature would like to fund, but may not have designated how to fund. As you already know, the Coleman amendment would increase funding for the TRS-Care fund; however, its funding mechanism resides in another bill (HB 2001) and that bill may or may not pass this session. No other new budget dollars were allocated to fund the TRS-Care program during tonight’s budget debate, and the Coleman amendment was moved to the wish-list article for possible future action.

 

TRTA members need to know that this was not a defeat, but merely another step in a very long process. The Texas Senate is still working on finding additional revenue sources to help fund the TRS-Care program, as is the TRTA trying to find additional budget resources for this continuing debate. We must all continue to work together so that health care funding for TRS retirees is a priority this session.

Hundreds of phone calls and thousands of emails poured into the Texas House of Representatives yesterday and today. TRTA members are sending a strong message and we will not give up on any issue this session. TRTA is making your TRS-Care health insurance program and the TRS pension trust fund a priority in this legislative session. Your help has been vital and has made a profound impact during this debate. THANK YOU for all you are doing to support our legislative efforts. We will continue to update you next week as these issues move forward.

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01 Apr
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Support TRS-Care Amendment

HB1 Amendments Being Considered Today

Email and Call Your Legislators and Ask Them to Support the Coleman Amendment Now!

(Take Action Now: Click here to send an email to your legislator asking for their support on this amendment)

As you read this, the Texas House of Representatives is debating HB1, the bill that determines the state budget. Today is our opportunity to reach out to our representatives and ask them to restore funding to the TRS-Care health insurance program!

Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) will speak later today on his amendment (found on page 208 of the CSHB 1 amendment packet). This may be our only opportunity in the Texas House to restore funding to TRS-Care and prevent retiree premiums from increasing 30 to 80 percent this biennium!
Representative Coleman’s amendment would restore the state contribution to TRS-Care from .5 percent to the full 1 percent. We want our legislators to vote in favor of this important amendment and in favor of public education retirees!
Click here to send an email to your legislator asking for their support on this amendment.

TRTA also encourages you to call your legislators using the toll-free Contact Your Legislator Hotline (1.888.674.3788). This line is staffed by state personnel Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Remember, TRTA members need to ask their Texas House member to vote in favor of the Garnet Coleman Amendment found on page 208 of the CSHB 1 amendment packet.

Thank you for responding to this urgent action alert and bringing attention to this vital amendment!

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31 Mar
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TRTA Action Alert: Support Coleman Amendment

TRTA Action Alert: HB 1 to House Floor

Support the Coleman Amendment to Restore TRS-Care Funding

TRTA members have worked diligently since session began asking their legislators to restore funding to the TRS-Care health insurance program. After months of crafting their final budget recommendation, the House Appropriations Committee did NOT recommend any restoration to cuts imposed on TRS-Care or the TRS pension trust fund. This week, the House of Representatives will debate the budget proposal and have an opportunity to amend it.

Specifically, the House will have a chance to vote on an amendment filed by Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147). His amendment restores funding to the TRS-Care program to the full 1 percent level! The Texas House will have a chance to vote in favor of protecting your TRS health insurance program and help keep your premiums from increasing as much as 80 percent!

All TRTA members and anyone interested in preserving an affordable premium structure for TRS-Care participants can click this link to send an email to their legislators asking for their support on this important amendment.

In addition, TRTA encourages you to call your legislators using our toll-free Contact Your Legislator Hotline (1.888.674.3788). This line is staffed by state personnel Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Remember, TRTA members need to ask their Texas House member to vote in favor of the Garnet Coleman Amendment found on page 208 of the CSHB 1 amendment packet.

TRTA will be at the Capitol all week watching this debate and asking for member support. We need all TRTA members and everyone else interested in this important issue to contact their Texas House member.

Thank you to Representative Garnet Coleman for filing this important amendment. Thank you to all of our TRTA members and supporters for responding to this action alert. Your help will bring the necessary attention to this vital amendment!

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