Governor Abbott and Texas State Leadership Announce $435 Million COVID-19 Relief Donation to TRS-ActiveCare | KAMR

AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Officials from the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that Texas state leaders will donate $435 million in COVID-19 relief to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

“Texas teachers play one of the most vital roles for our children and should not have to bear the burden of rising healthcare costs associated with COVID-19,” President Dade Phelan said in the statement. . “Without this allocation, teachers in my district would have experienced some of the largest health care premium increases in the state. Today’s announcement is good news for House District 21 and the rest of Texas. .

According to a press release from the governor’s office, this funding combined with previous statutory donations will be applied to the TRS-ActiveCare healthcare plan. The provision of these funds is intended to enable teachers to offset increases in insurance premiums and see an average 0% increase or even decrease in health care premiums.

“Our teachers play a fundamental role in building a better future for the next generation of Texans, and it is imperative that they have access to health care so that they can continue to develop the most valuable asset of our state: our children,” Governor Abbott said. “Thank you to my partners in the Legislature for helping to allocate this excess funding which will be used to offset increased health care premiums associated with COVID-19 and continue to provide our teachers with access to health care. quality and affordable healthcare.

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