March 2017, Vol. 1

HR Extras

Proposed changes for TRS-ActiveCare districts

Senate Bill 1940 and House Bill 2974, both passed by the 84th Legislature, established the Joint Interim Committee to study Teacher Retirement System (TRS) health benefit plans. The committee was tasked with coming up with a plan to find a viable solution to their funding problems by January 15, 2017.

The committee came about because of the dramatic increase in health care costs and the financial burden it placed on employees, as well as the financial soundness of the plan as health care costs have increased but funding remained static. In districts paying only the required minimum contribution, the employee’s share of the premium has more than doubled over time while funding formulas have remained the same since 2001.

The committee released its proposed changes back in November, and the changes have been incorporated into Senate Bill 789, filed in February by the committee’s co-chair, Senator Joan Huffman. Changes outlined in the bill include:
  • Limiting TRS-ActiveCare membership to districts with 1,000 or fewer employees
  • Limiting available plan options to a high-deductible plan and a health savings account program
  • One single opt-out provision, effective September 1, 2018, for districts with fewer than 1,000 employees with no ability to opt back in at a later time
  • School districts with more than 1,000 employees would be excluded from coverage effective September 1, 2018, and would be responsible for their own health care coverage
  • Funding for the plan would maintain the $75 per month employee from the state and the minimum of $150 per month per employee from the district

TASB Risk Management Fund Members’ Conference coming soon

The TASB Risk Management Fund will host MemCon17 April 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Several sessions will focus on issues relevant to HR staff, including workers’ compensation leave and administration, Personally Identifiable Information, modified duty, and more. For a full list of sessions and descriptions, view the Session Descriptions on the MemCon17 Website. This conference is a benefit that is included at no cost to members of any TASB Risk Management Fund program. 

Members of the HR Services staff will have a booth set up at the conference, so please come by and visit if you have any questions about our services or simply want to say hi.

For more information and to register, click here