Department News
Jul 2, 2019 12:00pm

Office Closures Observe Independence Day

ETF, including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business Thursday, July 4, 2019, due to the Fourth of July holiday. Wisconsin Retirement System members are encouraged to use the ETF website to view and print forms, brochures and other information. Regular office hours and Customer Service Call Center hours (see below) will resume on Friday, July 5.

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

Employer News
Jun 27, 2019 11:30am

WRS Regional Employer Training Sessions: 2019

ETF is conducting free WRS employer training sessions for employers throughout the state.  This training is beneficial for employers new to the administration of the WRS and for more experienced employers who have been working with the WRS for several years and would like a WRS refresher.

Employer News
Jun 27, 2019 11:00am

Employee Trust Funds Board Announces 2020 WRS Contribution Rates

WRS rates are increasing in 2020 primarily due to lower-than-expected investment performance and changes in actuarial assumptions. For more information about the 2020 rates, the actuarial valuation report and presentation is available in the board meeting materials.  

Employer News
Jun 25, 2019 3:00pm

WRS Beneficiary Designation Forms Revised

Both the Beneficiary Designation (ET-2320) and Beneficiary Designation - Alternate (ET-2321) forms have been revised. The forms now include a space for the beneficiary phone number and provide information on how to list a trust as a beneficiary. Please use the revised versions of both forms and discard any previous versions.

Employer News
Jun 19, 2019 6:00am

ETF’s New Website Available Now

Please note that all reports, applications, resources and links from the Online Network for Employers (ONE) have been relocated – scroll down to the Employer Tools section and box and select “ETF Web Applications for Employers."

ETF will host webinars focused on general navigation, insurance and WRS employer tasks. ETF will notify employers when these webinars are available and recorded versions will be placed on the new website for reference.

Department News
Jun 3, 2019 5:00pm

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 23, 2019 5:00pm

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 5:00pm

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 5:00pm

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.