The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) would like to thank our dedicated members for reaching out to their Senators in advance of today’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss budgeting concerns for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).
TRTA members have sent more than 2,000 emails since Friday, encouraging their Senators to work with TRTA to find long-term funding solutions for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.
If you have not emailed your Senator already, please do so today by clicking here!
(TRTA members who live out-of-state may send a direct email to Senate Finance Chairman Jane Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yesterday (Monday, January 23), Texas Senate Finance Chairman Jane Nelson announced a special Senate budget workgroup to discuss rising health care costs for TRS, ERS, Medicaid and other state-vested health care systems.
The workgroup is a vital step in resolving lingering funding issues with TRS-Care. The following Senators will serve on the workgroup: Charles Schwertner, Chair; Joan Huffman; Lois Kolkhorst; Robert Nichols; Carlos Uresti; Kirk Watson; and John Whitmire.
Your emails and letters DO make a difference! Without your persistence, the issue of TRS-Care could be overshadowed by other legislative issues that are at the forefront this session. It is up to us to ensure that our legislators are aware of our concerns and that we need their help. Clearly, your efforts have made a difference in ensuring that TRS-Care is not overlooked.
If you wish to attend or speak at today’s meeting, please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. in room E1.036 of the Texas Capitol. A live broadcast of the meeting will be viewable on your computer from this link once the meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
TRTA is ready and willing to work with our friends in the Senate! Together, we can find a way to ensure that our public education retirees have access to affordable, quality health care.
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!