February 9, 2018
This past legislative session, Representative Kyle Biedermann worked with his colleagues in the legislature to successfully pass several bills and amendments relating to the welfare of retired teachers in the State of Texas.
“When I was sworn into office, one of my priorities as your State Representative was to find long term solutions for Texas Retirement System and for our current and retired teachers. These are promises I made and promises I’ve kept,” said State Representative Biedermann. “We made progress this past legislative session for our teachers, including, adding close to $400 million in additional funding for TRS care. It was my honor to receive this Certificate of Appreciation from the Texas Retired Teachers Association.”
This past legislative session Biedermann helped successfully pass the following legislation:
- State Budget: Will provide supplemental state funding of $182.6 million for TRS-Care, and an additional $212 million to TRS Care in the special session.
- HB 3976: Overhaul of TRS-Care provides 2 options for retirees:
Targeted premiums for pre-65 retirees who are not Medicare eligible, would gradually increase until 2021.
Provides Medicare advantage plan for Medicare eligible participants 65 and older at a premium cost of $146.
2 Year solvency fix payment of $350 million in the Budget
- SB 1663 & SB 1664: Updated and clarified provisions relating to service credit, payments, and deposits administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
Along with another fellow representative, Rep. Biedermann authored amendments to switch elected officials to TRS-Care to force them to face the consequences of their legislative decisions, allow retirees a “Golden Ticket” to allow more than one opt-in to TRS-Care, and add retired teachers to the ERS system used by all other state employees. Unfortunately these amendments were not given a vote on the House floor. Biedermann is working with his colleagues to garner support and pass similar legislation next session.