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 Important News about Your TRS-Care Health Benefits

The Pulse, June 2017 (Updated August 2017)

We have an update about changes to your TRS-Care benefits that take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

As a self-insured health benefits program, TRS-Care uses contributions from the state, public schools, employees and retirees to provide health care for participants. Over the past decade, health care costs have been skyrocketing, rising almost 10 percent each year. Without any changes to the program, TRS-Care was in danger of becoming too expensive to continue.

In order to sustain TRS-Care for current and future retirees, the 85th Texas Legislature recently passed legislation that has changed the program’s benefits structure and provided additional funding to further support the program. On June 2, the TRS Board of Trustees approved new plan designs and premiums that go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Please visit the pages below to see how the changes affect you:

In the coming months, we’ll provide all the information you need to make this transition as smooth as possible. We want you to get the most out your health benefits. While your plan is changing, you will still have the same broad choice of doctors and access to great tools and resources that can help you keep your costs low.

We understand these changes are significant, and we are here to help. If you have questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to us at 888-237-6762, or visit the Health Care Benefits page.

Important Update

Aug. 16, 2017

The Texas Legislature convened on July 18, 2017 for a special legislative session. On Aug. 15, 2017, the Legislature passed HB 21 that will add $212 million in funding to TRS-Care over the coming biennium. TRS is finalizing plan designs now. We will communicate the updates after the TRS Board of Trustees meets on Aug. 25, 2017. The additional funding will have a positive impact on the plan designs and premiums.

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