WEA Trust will no longer offer health insurance as of December 31, 2022. This change impacts all current WEA network areas and plan designs offered by the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

  • Members who currently have coverage through WEA will continue to have coverage with WEA through December 31, 2022.
  • Members who currently have coverage through WEA will need to select a new health plan during the 2023 open enrollment period – September 26 to October 21, 2022.
  • WEA’s departure does not create a special enrollment opportunity.

The Department of Employee Trust Funds is working with health plans to provide new options in all current WEA network areas for coverage beginning January 1, 2023. More information about the WEA transition and any new coverage option(s) available to members will be provided before and during the open enrollment period.

Who is affected?

This change affects approximately 52,000 group health insurance program members in the following state and local plan options:

  • IYC Medicare Plus
  • WEA Trust – East
  • WEA Trust West – Chippewa Valley
  • WEA Trust – Mayo Clinic
  • Access Plan
  • State Maintenance Plan (SMP)

I am currently insured with WEA. Do I need to take action?

  • Yes – but not yet. You will need to select a new health plan during the It’s Your Choice Open Enrollment period (September 26 to October 21, 2022) to have coverage for plan year 2023.
  • No other action is necessary on your part before open enrollment.
  • WEA’s departure does not create a special enrollment opportunity.

When will more information be available?

  • August: ETF will publish a news release after the Group Insurance Board meeting on August 17 to finalize plan year 2023 network offerings and premiums.
    • Subscribe to ETF E-Mail Updates to receive news and other important updates about your WRS benefits, including the WEA transition. Follow ETF on Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • September – October: Open enrollment materials will be published in September.
    • The 2023 Decision Guides and health insurance webpages will provide additional details about the WEA transition.
    • ETF will host webinars about the WEA transition, available health plan options, and how to transition to a new health plan.
    • You may receive several written and/or electronic communications directly from WEA about its departure.
    • Vendor(s) offering health insurance in the county where you live may send you communications on their providers and offerings.  

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