Simple Steps to Protect Your Health Care and Pension Plans

The 84th Legislative Session is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean that members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are sitting still. In fact, our members are ready to start protecting their benefits and getting the word out that their health care and pension should be top priorities in 2015!

This fall, join your fellow retirees and pre-retirees and get active now!

Here are a few things that you can do now to start protecting the TRS-Care health insurance program and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas pension fund!

Watch this online tutorial!

Attend your first fall local unit meeting!

Are you a member of one of TRTA’s 259 local units? Be sure to attend your fall meetings! Legislative Chairmen across the state are preparing for the upcoming legislative session and are looking for volunteers who want to get involved. Join a contact team, and be your local unit’s go-to person when your legislator needs the facts from a trusted source.

If you are not a member of a local unit, consider joining one! There is a TRTA local unit near you! Visit our website and hover over the tab TRTA Near You to learn more.

Local units provide members with a front row seat to the action. Legislators and candidates for political office often attend local unit meetings. Speakers, such as TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee, come to meetings to provide members with updated information about TRS-Care and pension issues. Not only can you experience fellowship, but also you can get involved with any of a variety of committees, from legislative to public relations to health care.

Vote in the November election!

The biggest impact you can make in your future is through the power of the ballot. Elections for many senators and representatives are occurring in November. Mark your calendar now and be sure to get out and vote!

You can also make a plan to vote early. Consider organizing a group of your fellow retirees, TRTA members, family and friends and caravan to the polling location together. If you vote early, you can vote at any location within your precinct!

Early voting for the November elections begins October 20 and continues through October 31. Begin studying the candidates that are running for office in your district now. Election day is November 4.

As a special note, if you live in Texas Senate District 28 (represented by Senator Robert Duncan), be sure to vote in the special election on September 9! Read more about this special election, including early voting dates (happening now) in last week’s Inside Line!

November Election Schedule

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, October 6, 2014
First Day of Early Voting Monday, October 20, 2014
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 24, 2014
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, October 31, 2014
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

Thank You!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! Remember, you are a valued member of our organization, and your vote is valuable! Use your power and vote!

If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, please contact us at 1.800.880.1650. Follow us on Facebook! Visit our YouTube channel for regular video updates!

Watch a recap of the recent TRTA State Legislative Committee meeting by viewing this video! Feel free to share the video with your fellow retirees and with active educators, who will be impacted by any changes made the program upon their retirement.

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