October 6, 2017
ETF Contacting Members in Domestic Partnerships
About Loss of Benefits
ETF has begun notifying members via letter with a Chapter 40 domestic partnership about the effects of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 on their Wisconsin Retirement System benefits, effective dates and available options going forward.
The law that provided members and their domestic partners certain benefits when the partnership was registered with ETF has been changed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, which was signed into law on September 21. As a result, some previous benefits, including health insurance, will no longer be available to domestic partners as of January 1, 2018. There are approximately 4,400 domestic partnerships registered with ETF.
- Insurance and supplemental benefit coverage will end for domestic partners and their dependent children at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2017.
- Employers should send applicable COBRA notifications to domestic partners and their dependent children as soon as possible. If you need help identifying domestic partners in the ETF ONE site, contact your ETF case manager. Domestic partners and the partner's dependent children will have a 36-month COBRA opportunity when they lose coverage.
- Employees should submit a new application to remove their domestic partner and the partner’s dependent children from the applicable coverages.
- Domestic partners who choose to marry before the end of the year will need to update their marital status for applicable coverages due to this life change event.
- Employees with life insurance coverage for their domestic partner or their partner’s dependent children may convert to an individual policy by submitting a Conversion of Group Life Insurance Enrollment (ET-2306) form to Securian by January 31, 2018. See this flow chart for help on how to handle different life insurance situations related to Spouse and Dependent coverage.