Legislative Updates

Special Election for Senate District 28 Tomorrow!
Tomorrow (September 9) is the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Robert Duncan in Senate District 28. Many TRTA members are quite familiar with Senator Duncan and his work to improve and protect retirement benefits for Texas public educators. Last session, Senator Duncan authored Senate Bill 1458, which provided the first permanent cost-of-living increase for 200,000 retirees since 2001.
 
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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!
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Early Voting Starts Monday for Senate District 28 Special Election
Early Voting Starts Monday for Senate District 28 Special Election

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) who live in Senate District 28 have the opportunity to vote in a special election to replace Senator Robert Duncan beginning Monday, August 25.
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Election News: Senate Districts 4 and 28!
Election News: Senate Districts 4 and 28!

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) who reside in Texas Senate District 4 voted last week during a special runoff election.
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Election News: Special Election in Senate District 4 Tomorrow!
Election News: Special Election in Senate District 4 Tomorrow!

Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) who reside in Texas Senate District 4 need to VOTE during tomorrow’s special runoff election!
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TRTA Attacked, Time to Set the Record Straight
TRTA Attacked, Time to Set the Record Straight
TRTA Members Being Called to Action!
Recently, a blog post written by Empower Texans (a conservative think tank well known for its political activism) regarding the TRS-Care retiree health insurance funding crisis portrayed the fund’s shortfall as a battle between political factions, and misrepresented several key facts in the ongoing quest to adequately fund the program.
The blog accused Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) of agreeing “with the big spenders,” and deciding that “state money to fund video game production and subsidize billion-dollar blockbuster movies took priority over healthcare for retired teachers.”
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House Appropriations and Pensions Committees Meet to Discuss TRS-Care

TRTA Calls for Higher State Appropriation to Avert Drastic and Unaffordable Premium Increases for TRS-Care participants

Yesterday, July 10, the Texas House Appropriations and Pensions Committees met to review the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program, among other items.

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TRTA Policy Discussion: TRS Care, Day 7, 8 and 9

In our first Inside Line article about the TRS-Care study, we reviewed Option 1: Pre-funding the long-term liability. We discussed Option 2: Funding on a pay-as-you-go basis for the biennium. Option 3 covered funding for 10-year solvency. We reviewed Option 4: Retirees pay full cost for optional coverage and Option 5: Mandatory participation in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, as well as Option 6: Defined contribution—Establish a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for non-Medicare Retirees. Today’s Inside Line will cover Options 7, 8 and 9.

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TRTA Policy Discussion: TRS Care, Day 6

In our first Inside Line article about the TRS-Care study, we reviewed Option 1: Pre-funding the long-term liability. We also discussed Option 2: Funding on a pay-as-you-go basis for the biennium. Option 3 covered funding for 10-year solvency. We reviewed Option 4: Retirees pay full cost for optional coverage and Option 5: Mandatory participation in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans. Today, we will review Option 6: Defined contribution—Establish a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for non-Medicare Retirees. 

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TRTA Policy Discussion: TRS Care, Day 5 Follow-Up

Yesterday, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) sent out a review of Option 5 of the ongoing TRS-Care retiree health insurance sustainability study being conducted by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). We have received an enormous response to our review of Option 5. First of all, THANK YOU for your responses. The hundreds of emails we have received should prove to any elected official that you are ready and willing to participate in this vital discussion! Your feedback enables TRTA to approach both TRS and the Texas Legislature with the information that is needed to make workable, reasonable solutions that will impact hundreds of thousands of retirees.

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