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Department of Employee Trust Funds
October 6, 2017

ETF Contacting Members in Domestic Partnerships
About Loss of Benefits

ETF has begun notifying members with a Chapter 40 domestic partnership about the effects of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 on their Wisconsin Retirement System benefits, effective dates and available options going forward.

The law that provided members and their domestic partners certain benefits when the partnership was registered with ETF has been changed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, which was signed into law on September 21. As a result, some previous benefits, including health insurance, will no longer be available to domestic partners as of January 1, 2018. There are approximately 4,400 domestic partnerships registered with ETF.

If you are in the domestic partnership program, carefully review ETF’s letter, evaluate the changes outlined for each WRS benefit program and how they affect you, and take action (if necessary). Pay attention to the various effective dates of the changes so that you can make informed decisions about your options.

For additional information about benefit changes:

  • Active employees, contact your employer’s payroll and benefits office
  • Retirees, contact ETF
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