The Department of Employee Trust Funds is closely monitoring the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on Wisconsin and taking actions to help protect the well-being and safety of Wisconsin Retirement System members and ETF staff.
The COVID-19 virus can cause severe respiratory illness and pneumonia for older people or those with underlying health conditions.
ETF is following the COVID-19 guidelines of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, ETF is taking these steps:
- All in-person, individual, and group retirement appointments will be switched to online or over-the-phone appointments, effective March 16.
- Working with state health officials and health plans participating in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program to ensure members receive needed care during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Teachers Retirement Board meeting set for March 26 is canceled.
- The ETF Board and the Wisconsin Retirement Board meetings set for March 26 will be held via teleconference.
In addition, we have temporarily stopped business travel and implemented measures to ensure there is a productive, flexible, and safe workplace. This includes increasing awareness and practicing good hygiene etiquette.
“We are working hard to minimize any inconvenience for members during this time. However, the number one priority is the health of our members and staff,” said Bob Conlin, ETF Secretary.
ETF daily operations and services are not interrupted, including the processing of benefit-related applications, retirement requests, and annuity payments.
Members are encouraged to use resources on etf.wi.gov. Instead of hand-delivering forms to ETF, members should mail in forms or use the outside drop box at the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison.
Please continue to contact ETF via secure email or call 1-877-533-5020, Monday-Friday, during regular business hours.
ETF will continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and provide updates on ETF operations and services, as needed.
For More Information
- Gov. Evers Declares Wisconsin Public Health Emergency (Executive Order #72)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention