It's Your Choice 2019
State of Wisconsin
Group Health Insurance Program
(State Employees, Retirees, Continuants and Graduate Assistants)
Opt Out of Medical Benefits
State and UW employees may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 from your employer if you opt out (waive coverage) of state group health insurance coverage. To be eligible you cannot have opted out in 2015, and you also cannot be covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program as a dependent. You are not eligible for the opt-out incentive in 2018 if you are covered by the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program even one day in 2018 (see FAQs for more information).
If you are declining health insurance and electing to receive the $2,000 opt-out incentive payment in 2019, you must complete a paper Health Insurance Application/Change (ET-2301) form and submit to your payroll or benefits office during open enrollment, or check with your employer to see if you can opt out electronically (STAR and UW employees can opt out electronically). You may be required to provide proof of other minimum health care coverage for yourself and your dependents. If you are submitting a paper Group Health Insurance Application/Change (ET-2301) form be sure to complete Sections 1, 12 and 13 of the paper application.
New hires: You must submit a Group Health Insurance Application/Change (ET-2301) form within 30 days of your hire date indicating you are opting out of health insurance, and that you are electing to receive the opt-out incentive.
UW Graduate Assistants and Crafts Workers are not eligible for the opt-out incentive.
Here is a list of Important Considerations related to the opt out of medical benefits.
For more information, see the opt-out incentive frequently asked questions.
This page was last modified on: 9/6/2018 8:09:01 AM