As the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) reported over the summer, the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program is facing changes including increased deductibles and higher co-pay costs. The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees met in May and June to arrange and approve these changes in order to prevent a multi-million dollar shortfall before the Texas Legislature convenes in January 2017.
We have received numerous emails and phone calls from concerned TRTA members, and TRS has worked diligently to reply to your questions as comprehensively as possible using these new Frequently Asked Questions pages on their website.
- For questions about TRS-Care changes, please click here.
- For questions about the TRS-Care Medicare Advantage changes, including new provider Humana, please click here.
- For questions about prescription drug changes, please click here.
Although most changes approved by TRS will go into effect on September 1 of this year, the change to Humana for the Medicare Advantage plan will occur in January 1, 2017. Humana has reached out to TRTA and will be hosting information booths at most TRTA District Fall Conventions. If you are attending a convention this fall, be sure to stop by the table to collect more information.
Humana to Host Statewide Seminars, RSVP Required
Humana will be hosting multiple statewide seminars both in person and online. Click here to view the list of in-person and online events.
Please note that seating is limited at in-person events, and a reservation is required to attend. Please call Humana at 1-800-850-1992 (TTY: 711) to reserve your spot. Humana’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time. These events begin on September 26 and continue through November 9.
To register for an online presentation, go to www.Humana.com/trs and you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to sign in and view the live online presentation and Q&A session.
TRTA Fall Local Unit Meetings Update
Earlier this week, TRTA released a list of upcoming local unit meetings occurring all across the state. Please note that several additions have been made to this list. If you do not see a local unit meeting on this list that should be there, please report it here.
Below we have also included all scheduled meetings through November where TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee will be speaking. This is a great opportunity to receive an in-depth look at the TRS-Care crisis, inside information about our fight to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and TRTA’s plans for the 85th Texas Legislative Session.
- Thursday, 9/1: Arlington
- Tuesday, 9/6: Waco
- Wednesday, 9/7: Greenville
- Thursday, 9/8: Lubbock
- Friday, 9/9: Austin
- Tuesday, 9/13: Seguin
- Wednesday, 9/21: San Antonio (North and Area)
- Thursday 9/22: El Paso
- Monday, 9/26: Lamar-Delta
- Wednesday, 9/28: Mesquite
- Monday, 10/3: La Porte
- Tuesday, 10/4: Frisco
- Friday, 10/14: Houston
- Wednesday, 10/19: Carrollton
- Thursday, 10/20: Hallettsville
- Thursday, 10/27: Blanco
Thank you for your support of TRTA. We are committed to getting you all the information you need to know about changes to TRS-Care, and we are prepared to fight for your benefits in the Texas Capitol!