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Employers

November 19, 2013

 

November 2013 myETF Benefits Update

On the evening of November 20, 2013 the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will deploy the following updates to myETF Benefits:

Coverage Updates:

  • When a local public employer has multiple program options and an employee enters an Add Coverage due to New Hire request using myETF Benefits for Members, the employer is now able to approve their employee’s pending request so the request moves to the status of Approved-Not Applied.
  • The system now identifies the correct previous employer. When an employee of one state employer takes a position with a different state employer, the reason used for an Add Coverage activity correctly shows Transfer.

Subscriber Updates:

  • MyETF Benefits now gives the option to choose group numbers in the employer drop-down screen, which allows employers with multiple program options to change subscribers from one spouse to the other.
  • Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code allows a subscriber to change coverage for qualifying events if the subscriber is paying for health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis. A check-box was added under the Remove Dependent Option to allow members to change to “single” coverage by choosing pre- or post- tax options.

Health Plan Updates:

  • Reminder Regarding United Healthcare: As of December 2, 2013, UHC-Southeast carrier code 83 will be cancelled and on the evening of December 3, 2013, will merge into UHC-Northeast carrier code 94, with an effective date of January 1, 2014. ETF will terminate all active employee contracts effective December 31, 2013, under the UHC carrier code 83 and create new contracts under the UHC carrier code 94 effective January 1, 2014. The subscriber is not required to submit a new application to complete this change. Contracts currently under UHC plan-94 will not change unless a subscriber submitted an application to change their health plans during the It’s Your Choice Open Enrollment Period.

Other Updates:

  • Employers are now able to alphabetically sort by Location and Authorized Users, and select Locations and Authorized Users with radio buttons that have a hover-over function which show both the name of authorized user and their associated location. Employers are now able to edit the Location Code as well. Contact ETF to set up the administrator; once assigned, the administrator can assign locations to authorized users and set up the locations.
  • Updates to Marital Status in myMembers screen now update the Member Enrollment screen to the information that was keyed in for a new spouse in MyMembers screen when:
    • Adding new dependant due to “Creation of Domestic Partnership” for a member with single coverage with effective date.
    • Updating subscriber’s “Marital Status” to “Married” with effective date.

    Marital Status in MyMembers screen and Member Enrollment screens must match. If an individual keys in a marital status that does not match, the system will give the error message: “Marital status of partners in contract do not match.”

  • When entering a transfer from one state agency to another in myETF Benefits for Members, the system now correctly transfers only the covered individuals who are active at the time of the termination for the previous contract to, the newly created contract.
  • When entering new coverage for a Limited-Term Employee, myETF Benefits now provides the option of choosing when the employer can contribute to premiums, as it does for any new hire. The system previously did not allow the option to choose until the effective date was entered due to a lack of an employer contribution date field.
  • Employers are now able to pull an address report from myETF Benefits. This allows employers to identify when an address was updated for any of their employees in myETF Benefits. The Address Inquiry application is located under the Health tab, Inquiry, Enrollment Reports. Employers can search and find all address updates entered into myETF Benefits within the last 30, 60 and 90 days, as well as All. Employers will now be able to sort information on reports by the column headers or save the information to an Excel spreadsheet using the Save As function.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Insurance Administration Bureau toll free at: 1-877-533-5020: or locally at: 608-266-3285.


 

 

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