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2017 It's Your Choice - State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance for Employees and Retirees

Wisconsin Department Of Employee Trust FundsIt's Your Choice 2017


State of Wisconsin
Group Health Insurance Program
(State Employees, Retirees, Continuants and Graduate Assistants)

How to Enroll or Make Changes

STAR Employees:

State of Wisconsin and Legislature employees who are paid through the STAR System should log in to STAR at https://ess.wi.gov to make all benefits elections during the annual It’s Your Choice period.  This includes enrolling in or making changes to health insurance (including adding or declining uniform dental), VSP Vision, Anthem Dental, EPIC Benefits+, Dental Wisconsin and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance. You can also enroll in the Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account program, a Health Savings Account, and a pre-tax parking or transit flexible spending account in STAR. Contact your agency payroll and benefits staff with questions.

STAR eBenefits Open Enrollment Quick Start Guide

Click here to see a list of state agencies covered by STAR.

UW System Employees:

Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE)/Open Enrollment
Annual Benefits Enrollments or changes are done directly through the University of Wisconsin (UW) between October 17 - November 11, 2016. UW System employees should refer to www.wisconsin.edu/abe for more information on how to enroll in or make changes to your benefits during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period. This includes enrolling in or making changes to your health insurance, VSP Vision, EPIC Benefits+ and Dental Wisconsin. You can also enroll in the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account and/or Health Savings Account.

Changes in coverage become effective January 1, 2017.

New Employees
Enrollments are done directly through the University of Wisconsin (UW). UW System employees should refer to www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits for information on the plans available and how to enroll.

If you are electing coverage, you must enroll within 30 days of your date of hire (in an eligible position), or first eligible appointment.

UW Graduate Assistants: If this is not your first eligible appointment, you may still be eligible for the initial 30-day enrollment period if you have a 30-day employment break between appointments.

Contact your UW institution human resources office if you have any questions.

UW Hospital and Clinics Employees:

Health Insurance Enrollment / Changes:
UW Hospital and Clinics employees must complete a Health Insurance Application/Change (ET-2301) form and submit it to your human resources/benefits office.

Optional Plans:
UW Hospital and Clinics does not offer all of the optional plans listed. Contact your human resources/benefits office for a complete list of optional plan offerings and enrollment/change instructions.

Pre-Tax Savings/Employee Reimbursement Accounts (TASC):
UW Hospital and Clinics employees should contact your human resources/benefits office for enrollment and annual flex-spending election instructions.


Retirees:

Health Insurance Changes:
Currently enrolled retirees may make changes to health insurance coverage at myETF.wi.gov. Contact ETF with questions.

Optional Plans:
Retirees should contact ETF for a complete list of optional plan offerings and enrollment/change instructions.

Health Savings Account (TASC):
For HDHP enrolled participants only
You can can enroll and make annual elections TWO ways:

  • current enrollees may make annual elections online through TASC, or
  • new enrollees can complete a paper application and submit to ETF

Other Non-STAR State Employers (Beyond Vision, Courts, Fox River Navigation System Authority, WEDC, WHEDA, WHEFA):

Health Insurance Enrollment / Changes:
All non-STAR state agencies go to myETF.wi.gov to make enroll or make changes to health insurance coverage. Contact your payroll/benefits office with questions.

Optional Plans:
All non-STAR state agency and local government employees should contact your payroll/benefits office for a complete list of optional plan offerings and enrollment/change instructions.

Pre-Tax Savings/Employee Reimbursement Accounts (TASC):
Only active state employees are eligible for this program.
Non-STAR State employees can enroll and make annual elections THREE ways:

  • online through TASC
  • telephone: 1-844-786-3947
  • paper application/change form: Contact your payroll/benefits office

Disclaimer:
Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but may be subject to change. Please note revision dates located at the bottom of each page. In the event of conflicting information, federal law, state statute, state health contracts and/or policies and provisions established by the State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board shall be followed.

This page was last modified on: 10/14/2016 11:03:45 AM