Texas Legislation Favors Government Health Plan

In a blow to commercial health insurance plan providers, it appears likely SB 1444 will pass giving the TRS ActiveCare government health plan a virtual monopoly.

There will be no further hearings in the Republican dominated Texas legislature. Swift passage is expected.

The legislation takes effect September 1, 2021.

What does that mean to Texas school districts?

  • District of Innovation loophole closed effective September 1, 2021
  • Districts can opt out of TRS ActiveCare September 1, 2022 WITH 9 MONTH ADVANCE NOTICE

The later is a Poison Pill. Districts seeking competitive commercial options will experience difficulty obtaining competitive and firm proposals nine months in advance of an effective date.

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