85(R) - 2017
Relating to participation in and rates for coverage provided under the uniform group coverage program for active school employees.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. However, the bill would likely result in increased costs for the ActiveCare program that would be passed along to school districts and participating employees in the form of increased premiums and plan design changes.
HB 1998 would authorize the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) to establish a regional rating method for determining premiums charged in different regions of the state for benefits offered by TRS-ActiveCare. Along with school districts, this bill would allow certain risk pools to elect to participate in or opt out of the uniform group coverage program.
Vote Recommendation Notes
Texas Action supports this bill. HB 1998 upholds our principle of individual liberty by allowing members of risk pools to have the freedom to, or not to, participate in the program.