This has been a very busy week for Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) staff and members. During the past three days alone, members have sent more than 60,000 emails to the Texas Legislature! Thank you for your efforts to support the defined benefit plan and the TRS-Care health insurance program.
There is new information coming out every day from the Legislature. Here is a quick recap of TRTA’s newest content, and what you can do to support our efforts:
- TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee has recorded a new episode of TRTATV, providing members with an update on what is happening with TRS-Care. The video is about five minutes long, but we ask that you please watch the entire video to hear this important information!
- Yesterday, Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reached out to TRTA to provide a better explanation of his bills, SB 1750 and SB 1751. Senator Bettencourt has communicated with TRTA that these bills are designed to be “permissive,” giving TRS and ERS the ability to implement such plan designs for future educators, and that the intent is to gather more information about making such changes. TRTA appreciates Senator Bettencourt for reaching out to us and providing insight on his legislation. Still, TRTA opposes any change to the defined benefit plan for future education employees. As a result of this discussion, TRTA has updated its Inside Line article about the bills to clarify some facts per the Senator’s request. Please be sure to read this important update by clicking here.
- As TRTA announced yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives has included $500 million in supplemental funding for TRS-Care in House Bill 2. To read the text of House Bill 2, please click here. Please be sure to send an email to your legislators thanking them for their work on TRS-Care this session! We still have much work to do, but we are on the right path to improving funding for this much-needed program.
Thank you for your membership to TRTA. We are fighting ardently for your benefits every day at the Capitol. If you are not yet a TRTA member, please join here. Be sure to read our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions about TRS-Care here.
Don’t forget to make a plan to join us for TRTA Day at the Capitol on March 29! Get all the details about the event here!