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26 Sep
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TRTA Remembers Dr. Kenneth Laycock

Dr. Kenneth Laycock served as the Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) President from 1998-2000. He was also a founding member and President of the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF). He passed away on Sept. 13, 2017 at the age of 90 after a battle with cancer.

Dr. Laycock was a highly influential and important contributor in TRTA’s history, and his work with and for retirees will not be forgotten. He was a driving force behind the creation of TRTF, and without his efforts, TRTA would likely not have the building in which it currently resides.

His funeral was held on Sept. 23 at the Shamrock Texas Cemetery. A memorial reception will be held in Dallas on Oct. 1 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Edgemere Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorials be made to the Highland Park Education Foundation to support teachers in the district attended by all five of his grandchildren, the Edgemere Retirement Community Foundation, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

As President, Dr. Laycock emphasized increasing TRTA membership, and he helped ensure retired Texas educators would receive the health care and pension benefits related to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) catch-up. The final approval of the fourth part of the CPI catch-up came in 1999 during Dr. Laycock’s presidency.

He was the chairman of the Building Review Committee that finalized the recommendation for the construction of TRTA’s building in downtown Austin. In 1999, the TRTF Board of Trustees began seeking proposals from groups interested in construction of the new TRTA building, now located only few steps from the Texas Capitol.

Dr. Laycock inspired the creation of TRTF. His vision was to create a charitable organization with the sole purpose of working and providing resources for educators. Today, TRTA provides grants and scholarships to educators of the past, present, and future.

TRTA is a better organization thanks to Dr. Laycock’s contributions, and every retiree who is receiving an annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has benefited from the CPI catch-up.

We are thankful for the countless hours of hard work Dr. Laycock put into working for this organization, and his presence will be greatly missed.

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12 Sep
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TRTF Disaster Relief Fund Raises More than $100,000! Hurricane Harvey Grants Now Available

As members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know, TRTA’s charitable partner organization, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) has been raising funds to provide financial assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

TRTF is pleased to announce that thanks to the overwhelming outpour of generosity from TRTA members, friends and supporters, we have raised more than $120,000 so far!

The TRTF Board of Trustees is so very thankful for your support. As a result of receiving these donations, TRTF has been able to set up a Disaster Relief Fund and already has been disbursing financial assistance to retired and active educators in the affected counties.

How to Donate

TRTF is still accepting donations for the Disaster Relief Fund and will continue helping as many people as possible until all funds are expended. PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

To donate online, please click here. You may also mail in your donation to: TRTF, 313 E. 12th Street Suite 220, Austin, TX 78701.

How to Request Assistance

TRTF is offering two methods for applicants requesting assistance. Please share this information with retirees and active educators you know who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please also share this information at your local unit meetings this fall! You can learn more on the TRTF website by clicking here.

  1. Disaster Relief Fund: Short-Term Assistance

For immediate, short-term needs, Hurricane Harvey victims may request direct financial assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund. Grants in the amount of $250 will be approved for members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), including retirees and current active school personnel, until all funds are expended. Funds will be sent to the recipient in the form of a check, and may be used for whatever emergency needs the recipient sees fit, such as purchasing groceries, water, gasoline or paying for hotel stays.

To request an application, please click here. Please note proof of income or employment is required to verify TRS membership; however, income will not be considered as a factor when approving grants.

  1. Disaster Relief Fund: Long-Term Assistance

Donors familiar with our emergency assistance program, “A Helping Hand,” know that the program provides grants on behalf of recipients for items such as home and vehicle repairs, medical and dental bills, hearing aids, and many other emergency needs. Through this program, TRTF pays vendors on behalf of aid recipients, usually up to $1,000, or more in exceptional cases. Similarly, the long-term assistance request through the TRTF Disaster Relief Fund will require that the recipient have access to their home in order to take photos of damage, and also requires that a bill or bid from a vendor be included (or a copy of the insurance policy demonstrating the cost of the deductible to be met). Similarly, funds will be disbursed to the vendor, not the grant seeker. TRTF will be able to offer long-term assistance for Hurricane Harvey victims through the Disaster Relief Fund until all funds are expended. To request an application, please click here.

For questions about the TRTF Disaster Relief Fund, please send an email to help@trtf.org and be sure to include your contact information.

How to Apply for Assistance from FEMA

If damage to your home or vehicle is extensive, please be sure to apply for federal aid through FEMA. The quickest way to receive FEMA assistance is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you don’t have Internet access, you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you know a retiree who is not yet a member of TRTA, please encourage them to join.

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11 Sep
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TRS Accepting RSVPs for Health Care Information Seminars

As the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) reported recently, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has established a plan for informing plan participants about changes to TRS-Care, including the start and end dates for the much-anticipated in-person retiree seminars that will begin in October.

The original plan was for TRS to have 88 meetings over 40 days, but those plans have since been altered due to Hurricane Harvey. Due to flooding in Houston and the surrounding areas, many event centers are not available for in-person sessions. TRS has added webinars for those unable to attend one of the in-person sessions.

TRS has released the schedule for these seminars, and retirees will have the opportunity to RSVP via telephone starting today, September 11, 2017. Please view the charts below as well for dates and times. TRS released this flyer to inform plan participants about the coming changes to TRS-Care.

How to RSVP to In-Person Seminars

Seating is limited, so be sure to sign up to attend a free session to learn more about your TRS-Care benefits. Please call 1-800-850-1992 (TTY: 711) Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Central time.

In-Person Seminars Schedule

TRS and its health plan partners are holding information sessions on the 2018 TRS-Care changes throughout the state and online. RSVP is required. Please call 1-800-850-1992 (TTY: 711) to RSVP to an in-person seminar.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two different sessions at each seminar for participants with and without Medicare. Every seminar location will offer a morning session and an afternoon session for both Medicare-eligible participants and non-Medicare participants (except the Lufkin and Nacogdoches locations which will host morning sessions only).

Morning Sessions (The Same Schedule Is Used for Every In-Person Morning Seminar)

2018 Health Benefits for Participants with Medicare

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. TRS – Opening
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Humana – TRS-Care Medicare Advantage Plan (medical)
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. SilverScript – TRS-Care Medicare Rx (prescription)

2018 Health Benefits for Participants without Medicare

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Aetna and CVS Caremark – TRS-Care Standard Plan (medical and prescription benefits)

Afternoon Sessions (The Same Schedule Is Used for Every In-Person Afternoon Seminar)

2018 Health Benefits for Participants with Medicare

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. TRS – Opening
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Humana – TRS-Care Medicare Advantage Plan (medical)
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. SilverScript – TRS-Care Medicare Rx (prescription)

2018 Health Benefits for Participants without Medicare

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Aetna and CVS Caremark – TRS-Care Standard Plan (medical and prescription benefits)

In-Person Seminars, Arranged by Area of the State

Central Texas

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 25 Austin (SW) Texas Old Town (Stone Hall) 1205 Roland Ln, Kyle, TX 78640
Oct. 26 Austin (SE) Austin Marriott South (Lonestar Salon AB) 4415 South IH-35, Austin, TX 78744
Oct. 24 Round Rock United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond (Ballroom) 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Oct. 23 Waco Extraco Events Center (Creative Arts Building) 4601 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX 76710

East Texas

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 19 (morning session only) Lufkin Shelton’s Place 3603 FM 2108, Lufkin, TX 75901
Oct. 18 (morning session only) Nacogdoches Southern Bliss 5419 Hwy 59 South, Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Oct. 16 & Oct. 17 Tyler/Athens Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center (Magnolia Ballroom) 3310 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701

Houston Metro Area

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 9 Beaumont / Port Arthur MCM Elegante Hotel (Grand Ballroom) 2355 I-10 South, Beaumont, TX 77705
Oct. 18 Bryan / College Station / Brenham Brazos County Exposition Complex (Ground Level-West Texas Ballroom) 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan, TX 77807
Oct. 19 Conroe / Huntsville THE SPRINGS Event Venue in Lake Conroe (Stonebrook Hall) 14135 Laramie Trail, Montgomery, TX 77316

North Texas

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 16 Arlington Sheraton Arlington Hotel (Champions Ballroom) 1500 Convention Center Dr, Arlington, TX 76011
Oct. 18 Dallas (SE) Mesquite Convention Center (Salon A) 1700 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149
Oct. 19 Dallas / Duncanville (South) Hilton Garden Inn Dallas / Duncanville (Grand Ballroom) 800 North Main St, Duncanville, TX 75116
Oct. 12 DFW Mid-Cities Holiday Inn DFW West (Lonestar Ballroom) 3005 West Airport Fwy, Bedford, TX 76021
Oct. 11 Denton / Lewisville Hilton Garden Inn Dallas / Lewisville (Tuscany I & II) 785 TX-121, Lewisville, TX 75067
Oct. 20 Fort Worth Fort Worth ESC – Region 11 (Innovate A-B-C) 1451 South Cherry Ln, White Settlement, TX 76108
Oct. 13 Garland / Richardson Richardson ESC – Region 10 (Pecan-Bluebonnet Room) 904 Abrams Rd, Richardson, TX 75081
Oct. 17 Granbury / Stephenville Granbury Resort Conference Center (Lake Granbury Ballroom) 621 East State Loop 426, Granbury, TX 76048
Oct. 10 Sherman / Dennison / Bonham / Paris Hilton Garden Inn Denison / Sherman at Texoma Event Center (Magnolia I & II) 5015 US-75, Denison, TX 75020
Oct. 9 Wichita Falls Wichita Falls ESC – Region 17 (Main Room) 301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

South Texas

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 30 Kerrville / Fredericksburg Inn of the Hills Resort & Conference Center (Grand Ballroom South) 1001 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028
Oct. 31 San Antonio (W / SW / Castroville) Braden Keller Community Center / David DeCock Gym (across from the St. Louis Catholic Church) 1410 Amelia St, Castroville, TX 78009
Nov. 1 San Antonio (NW) Hyatt Regency Hill Country (Fredericksburg Ballroom) 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251
Nov. 2 San Antonio (NE) San Antonio Shrine Auditorium 901 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78232
Oct. 23 & Oct. 24 Weslaco The Hynes Event Center at Llano Grande 2215 East West Blvd, Mercedes, TX 78570

West Texas

Date

City

Location

Address

Oct. 13 Abilene Abilene ESC – Region 14 (Shelhamer Room) 1850 Hwy 351, Abilene, TX 76901
Oct. 9 Amarillo Amarillo ESC – Region 16 (Panhandle Conference Center-ABCD) 5800 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109
Oct. 20 El Paso Radisson Hotel – El Paso Airport (Venetian Grand Ballroom) 1770 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
Oct. 10 Lubbock / Plainview Lubbock ESC – Region 17 (Main Room) 1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79416
Oct. 11 Odessa / Midland MCM Grande FunDome Hotel (Rooms A & B) 6201 East Business 20, Odessa, TX 79762
Oct. 12 San Angelo Pearl on the Concho Historic Hotel (Riverside Convention Center) 333 Rio Concho Dr, San Angelo, TX 76903

Due to flooding in Houston and the surrounding areas, many event centers are not available for in-person sessions. We have added webinars for those unable to attend one of the in-person sessions.

Online Webinar Schedules

Non-Medicare Webinars

If you’re unable to attend an in-person event, join TRS for one of its webinar sessions about the benefits for participants without Medicare who will have coverage through the TRS-Care Standard plan. TRS, Aetna and CVS Caremark will participate and can answer your questions about the 2018 benefits. Register for an online webinar here.

Non-Medicare Webinar Schedule

Date

Time

Oct. 17

10:00 a.m.

Oct. 19

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 24

10:00 a.m.

Oct. 26

10:00 a.m.

Oct. 31

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 7

10:00 a.m.

Nov. 8

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 9

10:00 a.m.

Medicare Webinars

If you’re unable to attend an in-person event, join TRS for one of its webinar sessions about the benefits for participants with Medicare who will have coverage through TRS-Care Medicare Advantage and TRS-Care Medicare Rx. TRS, Humana and SilverScript will participate and can answer your questions about the 2018 benefits.

Register for an online presentation on Humana’s website and you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to sign in and view the live online presentation and Q&A session.

Medicare Webinar Schedule

Date

Time

Oct. 17

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 19

10:00 a.m.

Oct. 24

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 26

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 31

10:00 a.m.

Nov. 7

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 8

10:00 a.m.

Nov. 9

2:00 p.m.

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. If you know a retiree who is not yet a member of TRTA, please encourage them to join.

Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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