TRS Posts Official Information on New Prescription and Medicare Advantage Plans

July 6, 2012, Update 170 - Session 82

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has posted the official information resource about the new prescription drug and Medicare Advantage plans on their web site. You can see this document by clicking here.

TRS retirees will be receiving this information brochure in the mail very soon. In addition, TRS is working on a schedule of statewide information sessions that you can attend where TRS and Aetna will be available to talk about this optional TRS-Care coverage. TRTA will post that schedule when it is available.

Also, TRTA has mailed the second quarter issue of The VOICE (our member news bulletin). We cover many details of the new prescription drug and TRS-Care Medicare Advantage options. This information will help answer many of your questions and prepare you to make a decision about what options fit your needs the best.

We know that many of you want to know more about what is covered by the plans. TRS, Aetna, and Express Scripts are diligently working to answer your questions about coverage options, doctor and hospital network acceptance, and more.

TRS has established two special toll-free numbers.

For Questions Regarding Current TRS-Care Coverage—1.800.367.3636, press # 1 at the prompt to connect directly to an Aetna representative;

for Questions Regarding Express Scripts Medicare plan—1.800.367-3636, press # 2 at the prompt to connect directly to Express Scripts Customer Service; and

for Questions Regarding Aetna Medicare Advantage Care 2 and Care 3 plans—1.866.217.2409 to Connect to the TRS-Care Medicare Advantage Hotline.

More Information

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is your best resource to ask provider and benefit related questions. TRTA wants to know what your thoughts are on these plan choices after you receive the information from both TRS and TRTA. As you consider these options, feel free to email us your questions and comments. We want your feedback.

Please remember, these are OPTIONS. Ultimately, you will need to decide to stay in the new plans or opt out. You may want to know more before making a final decision; we are here to help as much as possible. 

Let us know how we can help you. Remember to watch your mailbox for the The VOICE, as well as for the TRS official information guide.

Final Word

Thank you for your support of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. TRTA is working hard to win the war that is being waged against the TRS defined benefit plan. We need everyone interested in preserving TRS to be engaged in this fight.

If you are a member, we appreciate your steadfast support. If you want to learn more about joining TRTA in the battle to protect TRS retiree benefits (and the benefits of future retirees), please contact our office at 1.800.880.1650.

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