State Agencies & Local Health Employers
Vol. 19, No. 8
May 7, 2002
Mark Your Calendars: Dual-Choice Enrollment for Plan Year
2003; Health Insurance Newsletter Coming Soon!
We take this opportunity to announce the dates surrounding the
Dual-Choice Enrollment period for Group Health Insurance coverage
in 2003. Watch for subsequent Employer Bulletins
containing more detailed information and instructions.
Dual-Choice Enrollment Period Set for October 7-25,
State agencies and local employers who participate in the Group
Health Insurance Program should mark their calendars. At the April
16 meeting, the Group Insurance Board approved the Dual-Choice Enrollment
period for 2003 coverage to be held
October 7-25, 2002. During this period, currently insured employees
may switch from one health plan to another plan or from single to
family coverage without restrictions. All coverage changes will
be effective January 1, 2003.
Attend the Dual-Choice Kick-Off Meeting: October 1,
Each year ETF offers a Dual-Choice "Kick-Off" meeting
so that state and local employers, payroll and personnel representatives,
health plan representatives and ETF staff may share information
and discuss procedures regarding the Dual-Choice Enrollment period.
The 2003 Dual-Choice "Kick-Off" meeting has been scheduled
October 1, 2002
- 11:30 a.m.
Mental Health Institute - Madison
Conference Center Building
301 Troy Drive
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 243-2500
Below is a map showing directions to the Conference Center Building
in Madison. Follow Packers Avenue to Northport Drive. Northport
Drive becomes Highway 113. Turn left on Troy Drive (at the PDQ Store).
Take Troy Drive to North Road and turn left. Take North Road past
the Engineering Power Plant and turn left.
Parking is available in several locations:
- Behind the Engineering Power Plant next to Building 107. Follow
the service road from the parking lot to Lorenz Road. The entrance
to the Conference Center is on the far-left side of the building.
- On Main Road between the Administration Building and Lorenz
- On Memorial Drive in front of Goodland Hall.
Arrange Dual-Choice Health Fairs Early
Representatives from group health insurance plans will be available
to provide information and answer questions at employer health fairs.
Local employers and state agencies are responsible for arranging
their own health fairs. Please make sure to allow plenty of time
for the It's Your Choice books to arrive before you
schedule your fairs or meetings with staff.
STATE AGENCIES ONLY
If you wish to have your health fair dates and times printed
in the 2003 It's Your Choice booklet, contact Mary Hensen
at (608) 266-8411 by August 2, 2002. Please coordinate dates and
times of your health fair with other agencies. This will allow
plan representatives to attend health fairs throughout the state.
You may also contact Mary Hensen if you have Dual-Choice
related concerns or questions about the Kick-Off Meeting.
Updated Plan Contact List
Attached to this Bulletin is an updated copy of the Health Plan Contacts sheet (ET-1728) revised
05/2002. This list contains each Plan's contacts for membership
and coverage, claims, supplies, employee assistance program and
New Group Health Insurance Program Newsletter Coming
On behalf of the Group Insurance Board, ETF has created a newsletter
for participants in the state's group health insurance program.
The newsletter will be published in May, September and January.
It is intended to educate members and provide awareness of current
issues about health insurance as it affects them. We will spotlight
issues under discussion or implementation that will affect members
of the health insurance program. Accompanying articles will contain
information on health and wellness, legislation, rising health care
costs, benefit design issues, health plan information, and much
Employers will receive copies of the first Health Insurance Newsletter
later this month for distribution to active employees. ETF will
mail the same newsletter to annuitants and continuants. Further
questions about the newsletter can be directed to the Employer Communication
Center at (608) 264-7900.