This year, TRS-Care was on a direct path to imminent collapse with a nearly $1 billion shortfall. In response, the Texas Legislature passed HB 3976 during the regular session that increased state and school district contributions to the plan, but also resulted in significant premium and deductible increases for teacher retirees.
While the Texas House approved this important legislation to save the TRS-Care program, the Senate rejected using additional funds to cover the shortfall.
The good news is that Governor Abbott has now added TRS-Care to the call of the Special Session. In addition, I have signed on as a co-author of HB 20 and HB 151 to appropriate funds for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. This additional funding is intended to restore lost benefits to participants and reduce premiums and deductibles.
We must keep our promises to Texas' retired teachers and this is an important first step. If you have any questions about my position on TRS-Care reform or any other concerns, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0564.