Department News
Jun 3, 2019 12:00am

ETF Publishes New Group Health Benefits Annual Report

ETF has published its first annual report presenting key information and statistics about the state’s $1.6 billion Group Health Insurance Program covering some 240,0000 current and retired public employees and their families.

Department News
May 30, 2019 12:00am

When Are Annuity Payments Available?

Under state law, monthly Wisconsin Retirement System annuity payments are payable on the first day of the month. The chart below shows upcoming 2019 payments affected when the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Department News
May 23, 2019 12:00am

Office Closure Memorial Day Observed

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business Monday, May 27, 2019, due to the Memorial Day observance. Wisconsin Retirement System members are encouraged to utilize the ETF Internet site to view and print forms, brochures and other information. Regular office hours and Customer Service Call Center hours (see below) will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Customer Service Call Center Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Department News
May 21, 2019 12:00am

Survey: Group Health Participants Struggle with Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs

A recent survey on how participants in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program are managing out-of-pocket costs points to the need for more help navigating their health care benefits and expenses.

ETF partnered with the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs to survey participants about how perceptions of costs influence their health care decisions.

Department News
May 16, 2019 12:00am

Group Insurance Board Approves 2020 Benefit Changes

The Group Insurance Board has approved changes to the 2020 Uniform Benefits covered under the state's Group Health Insurance Program.

The benefit changes were recommended by ETF, based on feedback from participants, constituent groups and health plans. The Board also reviewed new reports from ETF for monitoring program outcomes and health plan performance.

WRS News Online for Employees
May 1, 2019 12:00am May 2019 Edition

Impact of Former Variable Fund Participation on Your WRS Account

Were you previously in the Variable Trust Fund? If so, your Wisconsin Retirement System account has either a “residual Variable excess” or a “residual Variable deficiency”. This is the difference between your current account balance and what your balance would be if you had never participated in the Variable Fund.

WRS News Online for Employees
May 1, 2019 12:00am May 2019 Edition
ETF Customer Service

Tips for Easiest Access to ETF Customer Services

While our website is a great place to start if you need WRS benefits information and resources, we know there are times when you need to speak with a benefits specialist. Here are some tips for getting help during this period of peak demand for ETF services.