See Below for Dates and Locations Near You!

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has released information about the upcoming Medicare Advantage seminars. TRTA members and all TRS-Care participants can make plans now to attend one of these information sessions. TRS has assured us that they will do all they can to provide you with information about this new option, including the doctor and hospital network available in your area.

The list of upcoming meetings is provided below, and are also available as PDF files sorted by date (click here) and by district (click here). You also will receive this list from TRS in the mail soon (click here for that mailing). TRTA will update you if this list changes or if new locations and dates are added.

Please be advised, space is limited at each facility. TRS is asking that you call ahead to make reservations. The number is 1-800-831-2057 (TDD: 711) and is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Workshop options:
Thursday, August 23 & Friday, August 24
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hilton Austin Airport
9515 Hotel Drive Austin TX 78719

Monday, August 27 & Tuesday, August 28
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Stafford Center
10505 Cash Road Stafford, TX 77477

Monday, August 27
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hyatt Richardson
701 East Campbell Road Richardson, TX 75081

Tuesday, August 28
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center Grand Hall
411 West Arapaho Road Richardson, TX 75083

Monday, August 27
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Education Service Center Region 20
1314 Hines Avenue San Antonio, TX 78208

Tuesday, August 28
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Marriott Northwest
3233 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78213

Wednesday, August 29
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Smith’s Lone Star Event Center
4036 FM 2767 Tyler, TX 75708

Wednesday, August 29 & Thursday, August 30
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hilton Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard Houston, TX 77061

Thursday, August 30
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Mesquite Convention & Expo Center
1700 Rodeo Drive Mesquite, TX 75149

Friday, August 31
10 a.m.
Harlingen Community Center
201 East Madison Avenue Harlingen, TX 78550

Friday, August 31
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane Waxahachie, TX 75165

Tuesday, September 4 & Wednesday, September 5
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 W Lancaster Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76107

Wednesday, September 5
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380

Wednesday, September 5
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Ortiz Center
402 Harbor Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Thursday, September 6
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds
7902 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX 77507

Thursday, September 6
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way Arlington, TX 76011

Friday, September 7
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Beaumont Civic Center Complex, the Julie Rogers Theatre
765 Pearl Street Beaumont, TX 77704

Friday, September 7
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Grapevine Convention Center & Palace Arts Center
1209 South Main Street Grapevine, TX 76051

Friday, September 7
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn
800 Garden Street Laredo, TX 78040

Monday, September 10
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Waco Convention Center McLennan Hall
W. 100 Washington Avenue Waco, TX 76701

Monday, September 10
10 a.m.
The Amarillo Civic Center
401 Buchanan Street Amarillo, TX 79105

Tuesday, September 11
10 a.m.
Education Service Center Region 9
301 Loop 11 Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Monday, September 17
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Summit
120 N. Festival Drive El Paso, TX 79912

Tuesday, September 18
10 a.m.
Education Service Center Region 14
1850 Hwy 351 Abilene, TX 79601

Thursday, September 20
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Education Service Center Region 18
2811 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79706

Thursday, September 20
10 a.m.
McNease Convention Center
500 Rio Concho Drive San Angelo, TX 76903

Friday, September 21
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Education Service Center Region 17
1111 West Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79416

 

TRTA Follow Up

TRTA will attend the first meeting and report back to you about the information TRS and Aetna are providing. We hope this will help you prepare the questions you want to ask and learn more about how the new Medicare Advantage option may affect your decision to remain with the plan or opt out.

There are several areas that do not seem to have TRS and Aetna seminars scheduled. We will continue to work with TRS to ensure that all TRS-Care participants will have a chance to attend an information session in their area.

These are major changes to your health care options and we know you have many questions. Make plans now to attend one of these sessions. If you are unable to attend, you may want to contact a TRTA local unit leader in your area and ask them to help get answers to your questions. The TRTA local unit network can be viewed by clicking here.

TRTA Leaders Head to National Conference

The National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) kicks off this week in Chicago, IL. State legislators from all over the country will attend. A major discussion item at this year’s conference is changing educator and public employee retirement plans from traditional defined benefit plans to other types of private retirement plans.

Several members of the TRTA Board of Directors and TRTA staff will attend to learn more about what other states are doing to change their retirement plans. Also attending the conference are many Texas legislators. TRTA officials will have an opportunity to promote the success of the TRS defined benefit plan and the continuation of the TRS-Care health insurance program. You can follow TRTA NCSL updates on Facebook. TRTA will also update you via the Inside Line.

TRTA Thanks You!

The TRTA membership is growing and we want to thank all of you who have already renewed your TRTA membership and are working to recruit new members.

We all know that our TRS defined benefit plan in under attack. We must work together and stand against these attacks. Now is the time to get involved. If you are not a member and would like to join TRTA in protecting your TRS retirement and health care benefits, please contact us at 1.800.880.1650. We are happy to answer your TRTA membership questions.