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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. 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 more information about this transition. While your plan is changing, you will still have the same broad choice of doctors and access to tools and resources that can help you get a clear picture of your new health care costs.

If you have questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to us at 1-888-237-6762, or visit the Health Care Benefits page.

Important Update

The Texas Legislature convened on July 18, 2017 for a special legislative session and passed legislation providing additional funding to TRS-Care. On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, TRS’ Board of Trustees passed a motion to apply additional funding from the special legislative session to reduce deductibles from $3,000 to $1,500 for TRS-Care non-Medicare participants and decrease premiums for TRS-Care Medicare-eligible participants. In addition, premiums for retirees with disabled children were reduced by $200. The plan information on our website has been updated to reflect these changes. Plan participants will receive additional information including an invitation to an in-person information session in their area and new plan guides by mid-November with details about the 2018 plans.

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