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09 Jan
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Online Convention Registration Open

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its 65th annual convention at the La Cantera Resort and Spa, located at 16641 La Cantera Parkway in San Antonio. The convention will take place from April 8-10.

You can register online here. Convention registration is $40, not including additional events.

Use the following steps to register for the convention:

  1. Click on the ‘Register Now’ button.
  2. To begin, log in with your username (member ID number) and password (trta123) to the right of this page. All members already have an online account; please do not create another. If you have trouble, email membership@trta.org for assistance. 
  3. After you are logged in, select “Register Myself.” The $40 convention registration fee is automatically added to each registration.
  4. Answer the required questions, select “Save Responses,” then you may add any other events to your itinerary or go directly to checkout.

The La Cantera Hotel and Spa is fully booked. If you have not already secured your accommodations, you will need to use one of the many nearby hotel options in the area.

The full slate of scheduled events during the convention can be viewed here.

TRTF Golf Tournament Registration Now Open

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is hosting its first ever golf tournament on April 9. The tournament kicks off at the Palmer Golf Course, and features a shotgun start at 8 AM. TRTF is dedicated to giving back to the education community through its charitable programs, and the golf tournament will be a great opportunity for people to raise money for charity while having a fun experience.

You can register for the golf tournament here.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member, we need you to help us protect your retirement security. Please join TRTA today!

If you know someone who should be a member of TRTA who has not yet joined, please consider buying them a TRTA membership—just $35—as a gift for this holiday season!

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

Be sure to like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Year-end, tax-deductible donations to TRTF can be made online here.

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05 Jan
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TRS-Care Premiums Schedule and Gearing Up for the Texas Primaries

TRS-Care, the state-run health insurance for retired Texas educators, saw significant changes to its plan structure and premium rates in 2017. The changes occurred in both the Texas Legislature’s regular session and the following 30-day special session. For many retirees, these changes included an increase in premium costs to ensure the health care program stayed solvent.

Many retirees have been contacting the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) about the TRS-Care premium charges for the month of December 2017. The charges that have been applied to retirees are for that month, which was the older reduced rate. The charges that will occur at the end of January 2018 will reflect the new, higher rate. These changes will be visible to retirees in the monthly annuity statement.

TRS has written an explainer about the changes to retiree premiums, and what the upcoming schedule looks like. If a retiree has opted out of TRS-Care, they were still charged in December for the TRS-Care insurance that was provided that month.

Early Voting for Texas Primaries Starting Feb. 20

The Texas primaries are single-handedly the best way to influence change in retirement-related policies, like TRS-Care and cost-of-living benefits. Many retirees expressed disappointment over the changes to TRS-Care that occurred during the 2017 Texas legislative sessions. The road to influencing future policy outcomes starts now.

Most Texas elections are not decided in the November General Election. Elections are most often decided in the March primaries. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will be providing a full suite of updates through the Inside Line on how you can get involved in educated on the upcoming elections.

While TRTA does not endorse candidates, it does provide a way for you to interact at a local level to learn about the candidates in your area. TRTA features more than 250 local units across the state. Local unit meetings are a great opportunity to learn about candidates. Visit this link to find your local unit today!

Additionally, pro-educator organizations are providing information about candidates. Texas Educators Vote is one resource to get started on the path towards the election.

Early voting for the primaries will begin on February 20. The primary election day is March 6. Please make a plan to vote early, and stay tuned to TRTA for more information.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member, we need you to help us protect your retirement security. Please join TRTA today!

If you know someone who should be a member of TRTA who has not yet joined, please consider buying them a TRTA membership—just $35—as a gift for this holiday season!

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

Be sure to like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Year-end, tax-deductible donations to TRTF can be made online here.

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26 Dec
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Happy Holidays from TRTA!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) extends its season’s greetings to all members and friends. As the year draws to a close, we know our dedicated retirees will enjoy spending time with loved ones and celebrating the holidays.

We at TRTA, the Board of Directors and staff, want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for all of the support you have given to this great organization in 2017.

Because of you, TRTA is able to participate in vital legislative discussions that impact your retirement benefits, from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund to health care, and our charitable partner, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF), has raised more than $80,000 since November for its vital programs to help educators of the past, present and future.

In 2017, our members fought for increased funding for the TRS-Care health insurance program, and took their message straight to their legislators who responded by providing more dollars for the plan during a special session this past summer.

Though significant changes will occur for all participants of TRS-Care, the outcome would have been far worse without the sincere efforts and constant communication of TRTA members. Your willingness to call, email and visit your elected officials in person gave a face to the issue of retiree health care. This resulted in reduced premiums and deductibles for ALL plan participants.

Many of our members may continue to have questions and concerns about their health care prior to the new insurance plans taking effect on January 1, 2018. We want you to know that you may reach out to TRTA by emailing brock@trta.org while our office is closed for the holidays. Brock Gregg, Associate Director (Strategic Partnerships and Outreach), will respond to your inquiries as quickly as possible. Please be sure to provide your name and phone number in your email if you would like a return phone call.

In 2018, we will face new challenges and new opportunities. Though there is no Texas legislative session during this interim year, TRTA is ready to work with our many friends in Congress to find fair and realistic solutions for the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

Though we hope you find time to have rest and respite over the coming weeks, we also ask that you take time to read the soon-to-be-released fourth quarter issue of our news bulletin, The VOICE. These will begin arriving in mailboxes as early as next week! You will receive important updates about congressional issues and the 65th Annual TRTA Convention that will be held in April.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you are not yet a member, we need you to help us protect your retirement security. Please join TRTA today!

If you know someone who should be a member of TRTA who has not yet joined, please consider buying them a TRTA membership—just $35—as a gift for this holiday season!

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

Be sure to like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Year-end, tax-deductible donations to TRTF can be made online here.

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