Retired Texas Teachers “Very Fed Up” As Healthcare Costs Set To Triple

Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mar 29, 2017

It seems President Trump was on to something when he said healthcare in America would “explode,” if left alone. ABC reports that retired teachers in Texas are projected to pay double or triple their current premiums for healthcare beginning September 1.

Since 1985, the state has provided healthcare for retired teachers through a plan called TRS Care. As of last year, 261,500 retired teachers, dependents and their surviving spouses, according to the State Comptroller. But in recent years medical costs have risen higher than what the state contributes to TRS Care leaving the fund with more than a billion dollar shortfall now.

“At its creation in 1985, TRS-Care was expected to remain solvent for just 10 years, with the understanding that additional funding or benefit changes would be necessary to maintain the plan. Its funding formula hasn’t changed since 2005, however, and hasn’t kept pace with plan costs, requiring periodic supplemental appropriations,” wrote Hegar in a special edition of his newsletter called FiscalNotes.

As ABC notes, unless state lawmakers change the plan’s design or add significant funding, retiree premiums are projected to triple this summer.

“Retired teachers are very fed up. I’m extremely frustrated,”</strong> said Pat Hill who taught math in Collin County schools for 32 years. Hill, who’s 68, uses TRS Care to supplement her Medicare coverage. She said her cost will double.

But like all retired teachers under 65, Reanel Merriman relies on it solely for her medical coverage. “We pay about $450 a month. I have heard possibilities of it going up to more than $1,800 a month. But I think it will probably be raised $1,000,” said Merriman, 63.

That’s more than her monthly pension.

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