January 15, 2014
January 2014 myETF Benefits
Updates to myETF Benefits
On the evening of January 15, 2014 the Department of Employee Trust
Funds (ETF) will deploy the following updates to myETF Benefits:
- When adding coverage or a dependent due to paternity,
the contract effective date or covered individual effective date
will now reflect the first of the month following the receipt
of the application. If the paternity statement was filed within
60 days of the date of birth, the effective date will be set to
the date of birth. The system will no longer set the effective
date to the event date.
- The employer dropdown list displayed in Add Coverage
will now use the effective date instead of the current date for
New Hire Reason.
- Other Insurance Information and Physician
Information fields on the Add Coverage
screen are no longer greyed out/locked. The following fields can
now be edited for the Add Coverage reasons listed
- CHANGE EMPLOYER
- When keying in a Transfer from One State Agency to Another,
the Coverage Type field on the Add Coverage Screen
is now greyed out/locked and no longer appears to be an updatable
field to the user. This will prevent users from being able to
select new coverage levels when not applicable.
UWHC Only: All Add Coverage transactions
(except for “New Hire”) coming over from UWHC that
have “ASAP” selected as the start type will now be
rejected, which will allow the effective dates for all start types
to be calculated correctly.
- When keying in a Transfer from One State Agency to
Another, the myETF Benefits system will now show the
correct effective date (which is the first day following the event
- ETF Staff and employers will now be able to key in a Spouse-to-
Spouse Transfer due to a termination that has a future
effective date of up to 60 days in the future. (The effective
date may not be more than 30 days after the event date).
- When invoicing capability is disabled by ETF, employers will
now see the following red error message on the Invoice
and Payment Summary screen: “Sorry for the inconvenience.
Invoicing is currently disabled. ETF is working on adjustments
and will let you know when invoicing is enabled.”
- When a dependent on an existing contract becomes eligible for
and enrolls in Other Group Coverage under Section
125, the subscriber of the existing contract now has the option
to remove a dependent if the member submits a request or the employer
receives an application within 30 days of the dependent enrolling
in Other Group Coverage. (Within 30 days of the effective date
of the “other” coverage). If the member submits a
request or the employer receives the application more than 30
days after the event date, the myETF Benefits system will provide
an error message: “Event date is greater than 30 days, please
- For employers who have established Location
codes for their employees, the Location codes for a newly hired
employee is now made effective as of the current date of hire.
- When a member terminates employment from an employer that
utilizes Location codes to one that does not, the Location
is terminated in the system as soon as they begin coverage
under the new employer.
- Employers and ETF staff will no longer receive a “System
Error” when entering information on the myMembers screen
for new employees.
- ETF staff must still assign the first “Authorized
User” as the “Administrative User” for an
employer to enable the “Administrative User” access
privileges. It is no longer necessary for ETF staff to assign
the initial Location code for the employer.
- When adding the employer on the myMember screen, the cursor
no longer bumps back to the employee name. The cursor continues
to move to the next field in the tab-order sequence.
- When keying in a Move from Service Area, the
myETF Benefits system will now calculate the correct contract
effective date, which is either the first of the month following
the event date or receipt date, whichever is later.
- The maintenance reason for removing Dependent 07d
in the dropdown box was renamed to “Loss of Disability Status
and/or Support and Maintenance Less than 50%”.
- This maintenance reason should only be used if there is
a disabled dependent being removed from the contract
- “Maintenance Reason for Removing Dependent 07e
(Support and Maintenance Less than 50%)” is no longer
available in the dropdown menu; this has been combined with
- Employee requests that have been approved by the employer in
“pending” status that require documentation to be
submitted to ETF will now go to “Waiting for ETF Approval”.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Employer
Communications Center toll free at 1-877-533-5020, locally at 608-266-3285
or by email at email@example.com.