Your browser does not support JavaScript!
Member Education
forms and publications
about etf
frequently asked questions
contact etf
site map
related links
top of page
Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds header image It's Your Choice 2017 State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program
members retirees employers governing boards careers at etf
skip to end of menu
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)

What is changing in 2017

Woman thinking

This page highlights the most significant changes for 2017. View the links on this page for complete information.

Well Wisconsin Program

The $150 Well Wisconsin incentive will still be available to you and your enrolled spouse or domestic partner, but starting in 2017 all aspects of the Well Wisconsin Program, including payment of the incentive, will be administered by StayWell®, not your health plan.

Provider Network Changes

Network Health will not cover services by ThedaCare providers.

Health plans can change provider networks each year. Check out the interactive map to confirm your health plan service area and provider network is available for 2017.

Health Plan Changes To Note

  • A new offering by Security Health Plan in the Fox Valley – called Security Valley
  • WEA Trust South Central, covering Dane County, will no longer be available
  • Anthem Blue Preferred Southeast will no longer be available
  • Arise Health Plan – Aspirus Arise will no longer be available
  • HealthPartners Health Plan will no longer cover Grant or Vernon counties
  • State Maintenance Plan (SMP) will no longer be available in Vilas County

If you are enrolled in one of the health plans that will no longer be available, you will need to choose a different plan during It’s Your Choice open enrollment. Visit the Compare Plans tab, above, to help you select a new health plan.

Opt-Out Incentive: Annual Action Needed

If you are declining health insurance and electing to receive the $2,000 opt-out incentive payment in 2017, you must complete a paper Health Insurance Application/Change (ET-2301) form and submit to your payroll or benefits office during open enrollment. You may be required to provide proof of other minimum health care coverage for yourself and your dependents.
Note: This is an annual requirement. Check eligibility information.

Medical Benefits

The exclusion related to benefits or services based on gender identity was originally removed for 2017 due to a federal regulation.

The exclusion went back into effect on February 1, 2017. Information regarding this change can be found here.

Medically necessary services incurred from January 1 through January 31, 2017, are covered.

Increased HSA Employee Contribution Limit

The individual limit for an HSA contribution will increase by $50 to $3,400. The family contribution limit will not change.

Optional Plans*

Zurich North America will be replacing Hartford as the insurer for accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Current Hartford subscribers will automatically be enrolled in Zurich for 2017, unless you cancel during IYC open enrollment.

Transamerica Long-Term Care Insurance will not be offered in 2017.  Mutual of Omaha continues to be available.

Anthem Dental Blue, EPIC Dental Wisconsin and EPIC Benefits+ have rate changes for 2017.

Open enrollment is available for Anthem Dental Blue and EPIC Dental Wisconsin.

*Different optional plans may be available for UW and UWHC employees.

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: 2/1/2017 9:43:56 AM