No premium increases for TRS retiree health premiums next year

But change in plan requires you to check provider coverage

The Texas Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS) recently announced that TRS-Care will have no premium increases next year. Prescription drug benefits will also remain at the same level. 

Another noteworthy change announced by TRS was that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will be administering the TRS-Care Standard medical plan for those under 65. Most providers will be covered by the new plan, but check the BCBSTX website to ensure your provider is on the list.  United will administer the Medicare Advantage plan, and TRS has said 99% of the providers most used by plan members are included. All changes to TRS-Care will take effect on January 1, 2021. For a full overview of the changes, see the TRS website.

TRS will also be launching a new quarterly webinar series to explain the changes to TRS-Care as well as explaining the substantive differences between TRS-Care and Medicare and how to maximize both if you are eligible for both. The next webinar will be on December 4 from 1-3:30 pm Central Time, and you can register here.