Legislative Updates

Online Convention Registration Open

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will host its 65th annual convention at the La Cantera Resort and Spa, located at 16641 La Cantera Parkway in San Antonio. The convention will take place from April 8-10.

You can register online here. Convention registration is $40, not including additional events.

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TRS-Care Premiums Schedule and Gearing Up for the Texas Primaries

TRS-Care, the state-run health insurance for retired Texas educators, saw significant changes to its plan structure and premium rates in 2017. The changes occurred in both the Texas Legislature’s regular session and the following 30-day special session. For many retirees, these changes included an increase in premium costs to ensure the health care program stayed solvent.

Many retirees have been contacting the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) about the TRS-Care premium charges for the month of December 2017. The charges that have been applied to retirees are for that month, which was the older reduced rate. The charges that will occur at the end of January 2018 will reflect the new, higher rate. These changes will be visible to retirees in the monthly annuity statement.

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Happy Holidays from TRTA!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) extends its season’s greetings to all members and friends. As the year draws to a close, we know our dedicated retirees will enjoy spending time with loved ones and celebrating the holidays.

We at TRTA, the Board of Directors and staff, want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for all of the support you have given to this great organization in 2017.

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TRS Board Meets, Reviews Actuarial Valuation and TRS-Care Changes

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) held a Board of Trustees meeting today to discuss the annual actuarial valuation, as well as the implementation of its changes to the retiree health care program, TRS-Care.

The annual actuarial valuation stands as important point for TRS to review and evaluate the pension fund’s performance. The pension fund saw substantial gains this year, with a 12.9 percent growth. The pension fund is ending 2017 with a market value of $147 billion. Last year, that figure stood at $134 billion.

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TRS Board Meets, Will Review Actuarial Valuation Tomorrow

Today, the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Board of Trustees held its first of two days of meetings. The meetings allow the opportunity for presentations and public comment to made to the TRS Board of Trustees.

The Board received presentations today on the investment environment, TRS’s team-building program, TEAM, and an update from its Executive Director, Brian Guthrie. Tomorrow, the board will receive presentations on the investment fund’s actuarial assumption and an update on the implementation of the changes to TRS-Care.

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TRS-Care Insurance Cards on the Way

TRTA members have been calling to request more information about TRS-Care insurance cards for the coming plan year, which begins on January 1, 2018. The information that was reported last night stated that participants “auto-enrolled in the TRS-Care plans should have already received their insurance cards in the mail.” While some participants already have received their insurance cards, many others have not. Read more!

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Important Health Care Dates and Options for Retirees

As many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know, the open enrollment date for Medicare Advantage plans ends today, Thursday, December 7, 2017. Some TRS-Care participants who are Medicare-eligible and intend to terminate coverage with TRS-Care may have some questions about their options after today. Please continue reading to learn more about important deadlines and potential options.

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TRTF Making a Difference: Bailey Bohlken

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is dedicated to cultivating the next crop of teachers and public education professionals in Texas. As a part of this mission, TRTF has created the Beginning Teacher Scholarship program. At $750 apiece, Beginning Teacher Scholarships are a great way for new teachers to pay for certification tests and classroom supplies. In 2018, TRTF will distribute 15 Beginning Teacher Scholarships!

Bailey Bohlken began her first year of teaching at Sulphur Springs High School this fall. Bohlken is teaching algebra and is also a softball coach. She received three scholarships during her studies, and the scholarships helped pave her way into the teaching field. 

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Happy Thanksgiving from TRTA and TRTF!

This is the time of year to reflect and appreciate those who are a special part of our lives!

The TRTA Board of Directors and the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) Board of Trustees are so very thankful for the time you spend volunteering for TRTA and the donations you have made to help fund TRTF’s many charitable programs. 

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TRTF Making a Difference: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson’s favorite moments as a teacher come when a student succeeds in an unexpected way. She refers to these as the “little accomplishments,” and she sees them every day. Wilson is a teacher at Georgetown’s Jack Frost Elementary. She works with pre-kindergarten students who have disabilities, and she’s been helping special education students for 15 years.
 
Among the new skills the students learn while working with Wilson is how to move their bodies. Specifically, the students learn how to use their gross motor muscles like their arms and legs.
 
Wilson uses a wide variety of games and toys to teach the students. However, many of these toys can be expensive, and moving them from one place to another can be cumbersome.

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