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2017 It's Your Choice - Local High Deductible Health Plan Insurance for Employees and Retirees
Wisconsin Department Of Employee Trust Funds It's Your Choice 2017

Local High Deductible Health Plan
Insurance for Employees
and Retirees
(PO7, PO17)

For Retirees without Medicare: How to Choose Your Group Health Insurance Plan

As a retiree participating in Group Health Insurance you have many options to consider whether you are a new retiree, it’s the annual It’s Your Choice open enrollment period, or when you experience a life event that may allow for a change. Consider the following:

  • Is your health plan still available next year? Sometimes health plans merge with others or change their service areas. See important changes and check your service area in the Health Plan Provider Map.
  • Have your premiums changed?
  • Is your doctor, clinic and hospital still affiliated with your health plan?
  • Have benefits changed? Changes are summarized in important changes.
  • How satisfied are participants with their health plans? Review and compare health plan report cards.
  • How do health plans compare for wellness and health management programs? Review and compare Health Plan Features.

If you are happy with your current plan, and do not want to decline Uniform Dental Benefits coverage (if it is offered), you do not need to do anything during open enrollment.

Health insurance Marketplaces, also known as the Exchanges, are also available. These are separate from the group health insurance program, but may be of interest to you, especially if you are a retiree who is paying health insurance premiums through annuity deduction or directly to your health plan. For more information, visit, or call 1-800-318-2596. Also see the ACA: Marketplace Notice.

Let’s walk through some of the steps you should take to decide on a plan design and health plan.

Note: If you have experienced a life event, such as a change in marital status, had a baby or moved to a new county, check out Life Changes and Coverage Changes to see what your options are and how long you have to enroll or make a change.

Do you have any dependents enrolled in Medicare? Click here for important information.

For additional information, see the It's Your Choice FAQs.

Step 1

Step 1 – Choose a Plan Design

First, decide which plan design you would like. The following is a summary of the two primary health insurance plan designs of the Wisconsin Public Employers (WPE) Group Health Insurance Program.

  1. piggy IYC Local HDHP:
  2. This plan allow you to choose from a variety of health plan providers that offer the same uniform benefits package.

  3. briefcase IYC Local Access HDHP:
  4. This plan design provides freedom of choice for doctors and hospitals across the country. In exchange for the increased flexibility in medical providers, the monthly premium cost is more than the It's Your Choice Local High Deductible Plan option.


Compare medical and pharmacy benefits by plan design type.

Monthly Premium Rates:
See the monthly premium rates for these plan designs here. You will also need to pick a health plan provider (See Step 2, below).

Made a Decision?
If you chose IYC Local HDHP, move on to Step 2 to select a health plan provider.

If you chose IYC Local Access HDHP, you can move to Step 4. This plan is only administered through one health plan provider, WPS.

Step 2

Step 2 – Choose a Geographic Coverage Area

Check out the Health Plan Coverage Map. This interactive map shows you which health plan providers are available in your area. You do not have to choose a health plan provider in your county, but keep in mind how far you are willing to travel for services.

The map also shows whether the available health plan providers are considered “qualified”. A qualified health plan provider meets certain medical provider access requirements (has the minimum allowable number of clinics, hospitals and providers available in that county). Some health plans may be listed, but have limited availability.

In the event there are no qualified IYC Local HDHP providers in your county with a Tier 1 monthly premium cost, you can choose the State Maintenance Plan.

Step 3

Step 3 – Choose a Health Plan Provider

Ok, now you know what health plan providers you have to choose from. Next, you will want to check out the specific health plan features and plan descriptions to learn about their quality ratings and medical provider networks (including specialists and hospitals), as well as other features, which may include:

  • referral and prior authorization requirements,
  • whether they require you to select a primary care provider (PCP) and other administrative requirements, and
  • whether they offer a member web portal, a 24-hour nurse line, and wellness and health management programs.

You will also want to consider the cost of choosing each health plan provider. Note the monthly premium cost for single or family coverage.

Step 4

Step 4 – Enroll or Make a Change

Now that you have chosen a plan design and health plan provider, you will need to either enroll or make a change to your current enrollment. Make changes or enroll online using myETF Benefits, or complete a paper application and submit to your payroll or benefits office.

If you do not want to change plan design or health plan provider, or decline Uniform Dental Benefit coverage for 2017 (if it is offered), you do not need to do anything and your coverage will continue for the next year.

Step 5

Step 5 – Stay Up To Date

Sign up for It's Your Choice e-alerts on health and wellness benefits, and related topics of interest.


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: 11/1/2016 2:08:21 PM