With health insurance premiums for family coverage under Teacher Retirement System (TRS)-ActiveCare starting at over $1,000 per month, many employees in Texas districts are picking up extra work on the side to counter rising costs.
As the legislative session progresses, school finance and health insurance costs are significant discussion points. Wages in Texas lag by about $7,000 and aren’t increasing at a rate that maintains pace with rising premiums.
Since 2002, TRS ActiveCare premiums have risen, but the state hasn’t increased its monthly contribution of $75, and a sizeable portion of that cost is typically passed on to employees. Educators and other school staff are left with few options outside of getting a second job on the side to help-out with ballooning medical bills.
For more information on health insurance costs and how educators are handling them, check out this article from the San Antonio Express-News.
Zach DiSchiano is a communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Zach an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.