Your sick leave credits will be preserved until you later become a WRS annuitant. If you withdraw your WRS account and take a separation benefit, you will lose your eligibility to use your sick leave credits. You do not need to be covered under the State Group Health Insurance Program when you terminate state employment to qualify under this provision unless you last terminated state employment before July 26, 2003.
When you apply for your retirement benefit, you must either enroll in the State Group Health Insurance Program or file an escrow application with ETF within 30 days of notification from ETF if you do not want to enroll at that time because you have comparable coverage elsewhere. If you do not either enroll in state coverage or escrow your sick leave credits at that time, you will lose your eligibility to use your sick leave credits.