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20 Jul
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Governor Abbott Adds TRS-Care to the Call for Special Session

Send an email thanking your elected officials today!

Early this morning (July 20), the Texas Senate finalized its initial business for the first called session of the 85th Legislature by passing the needed sunset bills for several state agencies. Shortly thereafter, Governor Greg Abbott announced that among his special session priorities, improving funding for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program has been included.

This is great news! As the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) mentioned earlier this week, several Texas legislators, including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Representatives Trent Ashby, Lance Gooden, and Drew Darby, are proposing multiple options for improving TRS-Care funding.

While all options are promising, however, TRS-Care had to be placed on the call for special session by the Governor to receive traction and for retirees to receive much-needed help.

Your emails and phone calls to the Governor’s office worked! Governor Abbott has now instructed the Texas Senate and House to begin work on improving funding for TRS-Care.

Your concerns about increased deductibles and premiums, higher spousal costs, and prescription coverage are being heard at all levels of the state government!

TRTA is grateful to our dedicated, vigilant members for keeping up the momentum and maintaining a positive, never-quit attitude!

Our work is not yet done, however! We need as many retirees as possible to join us as we work together with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, and all Senate and House members to ensure the best possible outcome for TRS-Care.

Please send an email thanking our state leaders for making TRS-Care funding a priority during special session and encouraging them to work with TRTA throughout the session to find the best possible solution! Click here now.

TRTA members know that the overall condition of healthcare in this country is not good. We all hear and read the stories about this issue and know that the country is locked in a desperate struggle to fund healthcare and control costs. Everyone in the nation is struggling with the rising cost of healthcare. TRTA worked with elected officials in the regular session to keep TRS-Care alive. In a life or death struggle for TRS-Care, we chose to live and fight another day.

That day is now! The Legislature has an opportunity to make TRS-Care better. We cannot promise that the program will be restored to what it was; but, we can promise that TRTA will take every opportunity to improve the funding, lower your out-of-pocket costs, and protect the long-term solvency of this vital program.

Please join in these efforts by clicking here to send an email to Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick and your Senator and Representative. When we work together, we are more likely to improve this situation.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA! TRTA has more than 82,000 members, but there are more than 350,000 TRS retirees. That means hundreds of thousands of TRS retirees are not involved in the largest retiree organization advocating for their TRS benefits.

To improve funding for TRS-Care, we need as many retirees as possible to join TRTA and stand with us!

It is vital that you join TRTA today! If you already are a member, please ask your fellow retirees to join. Many retirees are still unaware of the impending TRS-Care changes! Let’s all work together to improve retirement benefits for current and future retirees.

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18 Jul
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Rep. Gooden Hosting Facebook Live Event Today, July 18, At 3 P.M.

Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) is hosting a Facebook Live event today (July 18) at 3:00 p.m. to discuss his proposal (HB 151) to inject $1 billion into the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Executive Director Tim Lee will join Gooden.

The event will be on Gooden’s Facebook page. To receive a reminder from Facebook when the event goes live, you can ‘follow’ Gooden’s page.

Gooden sent Gov. Greg Abbott a letter about TRS-Care’s importance last week, which you can read here.

Thank You

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18 Jul
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Special Session Begins, Tim Lee Meets with Rep. Lance Gooden (ACTION ALERT INCLUDED)

Click here to contact your Representative about cosigning HB 151.

The Texas Legislature kicked off its special session today, and many bills are being filed to address the Governor’s concerns. For many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), the issue of TRS-Care funding is foremost on their minds.

TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee spoke today with Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) during a Facebook Live event about his proposal to overhaul state funding for TRS-Care. Gooden’s bill (HB 151) would allocate $1 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) for the program. The funding would dramatically ease the financial pain retirees will experience as a result of changes made to the program during the regular 85th Legislative Session.

Rep. Gooden encouraged retirees to continue communicating with Gov. Greg Abbott about the importance of finding additional funding for TRS-Care. Gooden also recommended that retirees communicate with their Representatives about his bill and encourage all State Representatives to cosign the bill.

Click here to contact your Representative about cosigning HB 151.

Remember, special session only lasts for 30 days. If nothing is done during this timeframe, the new plan design changes for TRS-Care will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, leaving many retirees with difficult financial burdens.

TRTA has many friends in the Legislature, and there will be several bills filed proposing help for retirees. We will report and analyze each bill as special session progresses.

The TRTA State Legislative Committee also met in Austin today to discuss their plans for special session and beyond. The committee members received the latest information about potential methods for funding TRS-Care, and how to best communicate with their Senators and Representatives.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member of TRTA, please join today.

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