23 Oct 2018

TRS Hosting Fall TRS-Care Information Sessions

Over the next month, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is hosting online and in-person informational seminars about the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.

TRS and its health partners are hosting these information sessions for TRS-Care retirees and their families. Though there are no changes to TRS-Care health plans in 2019, the information sessions provide the opportunity for you to connect with TRS and get information so you have a fuller understanding of your health plan.

TRS will travel across the state to 30 cities to conduct 58 in-person sessions and 24 webinars. TRS will hold question-and-answer sessions after each presentation and will be available to answer specific questions one-on-one.

Register for a Session

To register for a session, please call 1-800-850-1992 (TTY: 711), Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Central Time. If you’re unable to attend a session in person, you may tune into a webinar instead.

Register for a non-Medicare webinar

Register for a Medicare webinar

To review a complete list of all events, including the breakdown of morning and afternoon sessions, please click this link.

Schedule of In-Person Events 

Central Texas
Date City Location Address
Oct. 30 Austin Norris Conference Centers (Red Oak Ballroom) 2525 W Anderson Ln., Ste. 365, Austin, TX 78757
Oct. 31 Temple Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center (Main Hall) 3303 N 3rd St., Temple, TX 76501
Nov. 1 Round Rock United Heritage Center (Conference Center) 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
Nov. 2 Austin Hilton Garden Inn (John Glenn Ballroom) 7610 John Glenn Way, Austin, TX 78741


East Texas
Date City Location Address
Nov. 13 Lufkin Pitser Garrison Convention Center (Lufkin Room) 601 N Second St., Lufkin, TX 75901
Nov. 14 Tyler Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conf. Center (Magnolia Ballroom) 3310 Troup Hwy., Tyler, TX 75701


Houston Metro Area
Date City Location Address
Oct. 23 Houston Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake (Atlantis Ballroom) 3000 E NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058
Oct. 24 Beaumont MCM Elegante Hotel (Grand Ballroom) 2355 I-10 South, Beaumont, TX 77705
Oct. 25 Richmond Safari Texas (Infinity Ballroom 11627 FM 1464 Richmond, TX 77407
Oct. 30 Houston Marriott Houston North (Salons ABCD) 255 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX 77060
Oct. 31 Cypress Berry Center of Northwest Houston (Arena Westside & Atrium) 8877 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433
Nov. 1 Bryan Brazos County Expo Complex (West & Central Texas Ballroom) 5827 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX 77807
Nov. 2 Katy Powerhouse Church (Auditorium) 1818 Katyland Drive, Katy, TX, 77493


North Texas
Date City Location Address
Oct. 23 Fort Worth Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek (Ballroom) 2540 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76106
Oct. 24 Lewisville Hilton Garden Inn (Tuscany I, II & III) 785 SH 121, Lewisville, TX 75067
Oct. 26 Wichita Falls Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall B) 1000 5th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Nov. 8 Amarillo Amarillo Tri-State Exposition (Commercial Exhibits Hall) 3301 SE 10th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79104
Nov. 15 Mesquite Hampton Inn & Suites (Salons A & B) 1700 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, TX 75149
Nov. 16 Plano Plano Event Center (Collinwood Hall) 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, TX 75074


South Texas
Date City Location Address
Nov. 6 Victoria Victoria Fine Arts Center (Auditorium) 1002 Sam Houston Dr., Victoria, TX 77901 (morning session only)
Nov. 7 Corpus Christi Mansion Royal (Mansion Ballroom) 8001 S Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Nov. 8
(morning session only)
Laredo Life Downs Indoor Pavilion (Please note: This is a new venue location.) 7210 E. Saunders, Laredo, TX 78041
Nov. 9 Harlingen Casa De Amistad 1204 Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550
Nov. 14 San Antonio San Antonio Event Center 8111 Meadow Leaf Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78227
Nov. 15 Uvalde SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center (Live Oak Hall) 300 E Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801
Nov. 16 San Antonio Alzafar Shrine Temple Auditorium (Ballroom) 901 N Loop 1604, W San Antonio, TX 78232


West Texas
Date City Location Address
Oct.25 Abilene Abilene Convention Center (Conference Rooms 1-3) 1100 N 6th St., Abilene, TX 79601
Nov. 6 Midland Hilton Garden Inn (HGI Ballroom) 1301 N Loop 250 W, Midland, TX 79706
Nov. 7 Lubbock MCM Eleganté Hotel (South Plains Conference Center) 801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401
Nov. 13
(Mountain Time)
El Paso Radisson Hotel (Venetian Grand Ballroom & Atrium) 1770 Airway Blvd., El Paso, TX 79925

 Schedule of Non-Medicare Webinars

Non-Medicare Webinar Schedule
Date Time (CT)
Oct. 22 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 26 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 29 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 31 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 2 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 5 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 9 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 16 10:00 a.m.

 Schedule of Medicare Webinars

Medicare Webinar Schedule
Date Time (CT)
Oct. 22 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 24 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 29 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 2 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 5 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 7 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 9 10:00 a.m.

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22 Oct 2018

Early Voting Begins Today (October 22): Educator Voting Day!

Early voting for the General Election begins today, Monday, October 22, 2018 and continues through Friday, November 2. Please make a plan to vote early!

We encourage you to support your local educators and new student voters by voting today: Texas Educator Voting Day. Texas Educators Vote and many other education organizations across Texas are celebrating our Texas success in registering over 1.7 million new voters this year—a record for a mid-term election in Texas—by encouraging educators to go vote together.

Texas Educators Vote recommends we all do the following:

  1. Research candidates and their views on issues related to public education.
  2. VOTE on Educator Voting Day, Monday, October 22.
  3. Encourage students to vote on Student Voting Day, Friday, October 26.
  4. Get three friends to vote!
  5. Share TEV Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts, and tag us on yours!
  6. Wear your “I Voted” sticker and post on social media. Use hashtags #txed & #vote.

It is easy to vote! Don’t forget to bring your identification with you to the voting booth!

TRTA says “Thank you!” to our leaders and all of our dedicated members for your efforts to encourage civic engagement. You should feel great about what we have accomplished together so far! Let’s celebrate by crossing the finish line together: VOTE EARLY!

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17 Oct 2018

TRS Retirees Deserve Better Video: Rate of Return

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas revised its rate of return assumption on July 27th. The rate of return assumption is a measure used by TRS to project investment returns. The TRS board voted lower its rate of return assumption from 8 percent to 7.25 percent.
This lowered assumption will not affect the amount of money current retirees are receiving in their annuities. However, it makes a cost-of-living adjustment significantly more difficult going forward for all current AND future retirees. Retirees already struggle to make ends meet, living on incomes that do not match up with modern-day expenses.
Texas has a rule in place that prohibits TRS from distributing a COLA unless TRS is projected to pay off its unfunded liabilities within 31 years. Many TRS retirees have languished without a COLA since retiring. The last COLA that went to retirees was provided in 2013. The COLA only served those who retired before Sept. 1st, 2004. If you retired after that date, you’ve never seen an increase in your monthly annuity, and your annuity may have even gone down after health care costs increased dramatically this year.

Did you know that more than 100,000 TRS retirees receive less than $1,000 per month from their annuity? TRS retirees receive a modest income. While there is no promise that benefits will increase, it is a reasonable expectation that they will increase over time. Now that the rate of return assumption has been lowered, retirees have been told it could be 50 to 100 years before they receive a benefit increase of any kind.
This issue is not limited to retired educators. Active educators have a stake in this too. Some politicians will use the lowered rate of return assumption as a window to break down the defined benefit plan that active educators are paying in to. If you have a son or a daughter in education, this is their fight too!
It is likely that one of two things will happen to the pension fund after this legislative session: either the Legislature will adopt a plan to adequately fund the pension system or current and future retirees will see their benefits reduced over time! The formula is simple: contributions plus investments equal benefits! With a lowered rate of return assumption, there will be less money to ensure that the promises made will be kept.
While these changes may not happen immediately, the end result is that future retirees will receive a much lower benefit for their years of service. And current retirees will never receive a COLA or benefit adjustment in their lifetime.
We are asking all TRTA members to reach out to their legislators and candidates running for political office. Ask them to set a policy that will provide adequate funding for the TRS pension fund so that retirees can receive a much-needed COLA or other benefit increase. Retiree income needs to keep up with the increasing health care costs and modern-day expenses. Future retirees shouldn’t have to go decades without an increase in benefits.
Everyone running for office in Texas should know, understand, and agree that TRS retirees deserve retirement security including a well-funded pension plan. TRS Retirees Deserve Better!

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