As a result of recent legislation passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, TRS-Care will offer a single TRS-Care Medicare Advantage plan. The plan will be available to Medicare-eligible retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents, and is similar to the current TRS-Care Medicare Advantage 2 plan.
Participants with Medicare will still have access to a Medicare prescription drug plan — an option similar to the current level 2 Medicare prescription drug plan through TRS-Care. In addition, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, SilverScript, an affiliate of CVS Caremark will begin administering the prescription drug plan.
What’s not changing is your access to a broad choice of quality doctors across the state. Unlike many Medicare Advantage plans, TRS-Care Medicare Advantage allows you to go to any doctor you choose, as long as they accept Medicare and agree to bill Humana.
Preventive care benefits are still covered at 100%.
*After you meet the deductible.
In most cases, you must also purchase and maintain Medicare Part B in order to have benefits through TRS-Care.
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.
**Medicare retirees with disabled children will have their monthly premiums reduced by $200. Their monthly premium for the Medicare Retiree + Children tier will be $268. For the Medicare Retiree + Family tier, their monthly premium will be $820.
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