Vol. 18, State F
December 7, 2001
Sick Leave Credits Law Change
Under a new law provision, retirees receiving a Wisconsin Retirement
System (WRS) annuity or surviving insured dependents may elect to
delay use of (escrow) or initiate use of (unescrow) sick leave credits
annually. The provision is effective immediately. The Department
of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) sent eligible
annuitants and surviving insured dependents a memo explaining
the new law and included a Sick Leave Escrow Application – WRS State
Annuitant Or Surviving Insured Dependent form, ET-4343.
The new sick leave provision allows annuitants or surviving insured
dependents to escrow their sick leave credits, providing they can
certify they have other health insurance coverage that is comparable
to the State of Wisconsin Employees Group Health Insurance Program.
To take this action, the annuitant or surviving insured dependent
must complete the Sick Leave Escrow Application –
WRS State Annuitant Or Surviving Insured Dependent form (ET-4343).
Comparable coverage means a plan with hospital and medical benefits
substantially equivalent to the state's Standard Plan. Eligible
annuitants or surviving insured dependents may escrow only once
during a calendar year. The sick leave account balance will then
be escrowed (banked) on the first of the month following the date
the Sick Leave Escrow Application – WRS State Annuitant
Or Surviving Insured Dependent form (ET-4343) is received by
ETF. Health insurance premiums will not be deducted from the sick
leave account while it is escrowed.
Requirements for re-enrolling in the state plan remain the same
through September 2002. Annuitants or surviving insured dependents
who wish to re-enroll and activate their sick leave credits (unescrow)
for premium payment must contact the
self-service telephone line
toll-free at 1-877-383-1888 or (608) 266-2323 (local Madison) to
- Annuitant It's Your Choice booklet (ET-2108),
- Group Health Insurance Application (ET-2301),
- Sick Leave Re-enrollment Application (ET-4317), and
- Medicare Eligibility Statement (ET-4307), if eligible
Coverage will be effective on the first day of the third month
after receipt of a properly completed re-enrollment application.
Starting October 2002, ETF will offer an annual opportunity for
re-enrollment into the state plan. Annuitants and surviving insured
dependents can re-enroll in the state plan and activate their sick
leave credits from escrow. This re-enrollment period will coincide
with the annual Dual-Choice Enrollment period for coverage effective
January 1 of the following year or the first of the month in the
following year that the participant selects.
If annuitants or surviving insured dependents wish to terminate
their coverage through the State of Wisconsin Employees Group Health
Insurance Program and escrow their remaining sick leave credits,
they must respond to the memo noted above by submitting the ET-4343
form - they must have comparable health insurance coverage in place.
Annuitants or surviving insured dependents with questions about
the change in law should call ETF toll-free at 1-877-533-5020 or
(608) 266-3582 (local Madison). Employers with questions about this
new provision may contact the Employer Communication Center at (608)