It’s Your Choice Open Enrollment Period: September 28 - October 23, 2020

The Group Insurance Board (GIB) established the 2021 health benefits open enrollment period to be September 28 - October 23, 2020.

Attend One of the It’s Your Choice Kickoff Meetings

ETF will host several It's Your Choice 2021 employer kickoff events for local government employers for plan year 2021. All kickoff events will be held virtually. These events will follow a similar agenda as in previous years, and a recording will later be available on the ETF website for viewing anytime. 

The It’s Your Choice employer kickoff meeting provides an opportunity to hear from the health plans, pharmacy benefit manager, supplemental plans, wellness vendor (StayWell), and ETF employees about the benefit program changes that are effective January 1, 2021. 

Local It’s Your Choice Kickoff Meetings

Details for this year’s It’s Your Choice kickoff meetings are below. You can attend the September 17 Go To Webinar, or attend one of the later scheduled virtual kickoff meetings via Go to Training.

Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Register:  September 17 kickoff registration link

Date:   Monday, September 21, 2020
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register:  September 21 kickoff registration link
Note: This session may be canceled if there is not enough interest. 

Date:   Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register:  September 23 kickoff registration link
Note: This session may be canceled if there is not enough interest.

Local Insurance Q&A Session

ETF will host its first annual local government employer insurance question and answer session. All local employers may register to ask ETF staff any insurance (health, life, income continuation insurance) benefit-related questions. 

Date:   Friday September 25, 2020
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Register:  Local insurance Q&A registration link

Income Continuation Insurance

The GIB has extended the income continuation insurance (ICI) premium holiday for 2021, based on the strong financial position of the local ICI plan. This means that employers and employees will not pay premiums for either standard or supplemental ICI coverage.

Important Changes to ETF's Benefit Outreach Activities

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), ETF staff are not traveling to benefit fairs this year. Please continue to check the member education section of the ETF website for benefit education opportunities this fall.

Employers are responsible for arranging vendor representation at health fairs. If you know that other employers in your area have health fairs, you may want to coordinate timing with them so that vendors have the opportunity to attend more fairs. 

Contact the health plans and Navitus Health Solutions directly to invite their representatives. It’s Your Choice decision guides are targeted to be mailed to employers the week of September 14, 2020. The ETF It’s Your Choice 2021 webpages are scheduled to go live that same week. Materials will not be available for benefit fairs scheduled before these dates.

Contact ETF Outreach by email at ETFSMBOutreach@etf.wi.gov with any additional questions.

Updated Vendor Contact List

The recently-revised Health Plan & Vendor Contacts (ET-1728) contains each health plan and vendor partner’s contacts for membership and coverage, claims, supplies, employee assistance programs, and complaints/grievances. To request a vendor participate in your health fair, reach out to the Benefit Fairs and Supplies contact by July 15, 2020. Vendors will decide on an individual basis if they can participate in requested health fairs. The form is for employer use only; do not provide to employees. Employees must contact health plans using the contact information in the It’s Your Choice materials.

Questions

Call ETF at 1-877-533-5020 or email ETFSMBEmployerInsurance@etf.wi.gov.