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Department of Employee Trust Funds
Revised September 18, 2015

Health Insurance Changes and Rates for 2016

Itís Your Choice Open Enrollment
October 5-30, 2015

Medical, pharmacy and dental benefit changes for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program and the Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Program in 2016 have been set. Members can make choices during the annual It’s Your Choice open enrollment period, October 5-30, 2015.

Specific program changes and individual premium contribution rates, effective January 1, 2016, are available for:

In general, the changes center on increased cost sharing for members in the forms of:

  • Added deductibles
  • New office visit copayments
  • Increased out-of-pocket limits
  • Coinsurance for certain prescription drugs

There are also some added benefits in the areas of advance care planning and habilitative therapy services.

During open enrollment, all eligible individuals have the opportunity to change health plans, change from family to single coverage, enroll if they had previously deferred coverage, or cancel coverage(s).

The changes to the state and local group health insurance programs will provide a projected cost savings of approximately $85 million over the next two years, meeting requirements proposed in the 2015-2017 State Budget.

Watch the ETF website for It’s Your Choice information prior to the beginning of open enrollment.

Additional ETF resources:

  • Find the Frequently Asked Questions on Group Health Insurance Changes for 2016 within the It's Your Choice website.
  • To stay informed about health insurance and other relevant topics, sign up for It’s Your Choice E-Alerts: Health & Wellness via ETF E-mail Updates

 

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