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No Increase for State Employee Health Insurance for Second Year

For the second consecutive year the state’s Group Health Insurance Program premiums will not increase, as approved by the Group Insurance Board today. The flat rates are a result of reduced pharmacy costs, successful contract negotiations with health plans to keep health care costs down, and use of some of the program’s reserve fund.

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Teachers and Educational Support Personnel: WRS Governing Boards Need You

The process to elect several members to two important Wisconsin Retirement System governing boards has begun. Seats for an educational support staff member and three active teachers will be open next spring. Nomination materials are now available for the following three races. If you're interested in running, contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds as soon as possible to ensure you have time to gather at least 25 valid signatures and return the paperwork by October 26. Details are below:

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Search Under Way for New SWIB Executive Director -- by David Stein, Chair, SWIB Board of Trustees

State of Wisconsin Investment Board Trustees are conducting a search for a new executive director, following the July resignation of Rick Smirl, who accepted a position with Russell Investments. The Trustees are confident with both SWIB's interim leadership plan and the prospects for finding a new executive director. Because SWIB is viewed as a preeminent agency in the public investment management space, we are confident that our search process will attract a strong candidate to move SWIB forward.

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New Online Tool Helps You Pick Health Benefits

If you need help sorting out health insurance plan designs and costs, or if you have questions about supplemental benefits, use the Department of Employee Trust Funds' new online tool, ALEX.

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The Great Recession: 10 Years Later

This is the third in a three-part series that looks back at the Great Recession, its effect on the Wisconsin Retirement System and how the State of Wisconsin Investment Board invests first to help protect the pension system from another major downturn and then to earn reasonable returns.

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Set a Solid Foundation with WDC

Are you on track for achieving your retirement financial goals? The Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program can help you set a solid foundation. Review your WDC Program account now to see whether the amount you're saving now is in tune with your future plans. Changing your contribution amount is easy and increasing it by just a little can really add up over time. Watch this video to learn how even small increases can earn big rewards.

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Villa Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

SWIB Chief Investment Officer David Villa was recently presented with a 2018 Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award. Villa was recognized for having created a model for successful and aligned hedge fund investing at a U.S. public pension system.

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Your Sick Leave Credits Could Pay for Health Insurance

State employees: How do you plan to pay for health insurance in retirement? If you're eligible to use credits converted from unused sick leave to pay premiums, do you know how this benefit works, how credits are calculated, and the escrow and eligibility rules? Learn everything you need to know about the Accumulated Sick Leave Credit Conversion Program with this three-part series of videos and resources from the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Topics reviewed also include comparable coverage, reinstatement of sick leave, use of credits by spouses/survivors, and much more.

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Before You Check the Box: Know Your Annuity Options

Can I change my annuity option after submitting the retirement application?

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Tips for Visitors to ETF Offices

Here are some tips for visiting the Department of Employee Trust Funds at the new Hill Farms State Office Building.

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Preparing for Your Retirement

Are you within 10 years of retirement? If so, we recommend attending the Department of Employee Trust Funds presentation, Preparing for Your Retirement. There are face-to-face events scheduled throughout the state this fall as well as live webinars that you can watch anywhere.

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Projections for Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Every year the Department of Employee Trust Funds credits active employee retirement accounts with the Core and Variable (if applicable) rate of interest. How the rates affect your account can be found on your most recent Statement of Benefits, which was distributed in April.

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Tell Us Why You're in Public Service

What makes you passionate about serving the public, your community, and the people of Wisconsin? We are collecting stories to share in future newsletters and other communication efforts. Complete this short survey to tell us your story.

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SWIB Retirement Funds Annual Report Available Online

The 2017 Retirement Funds Annual Report and the 2017 Schedule of Investments, a listing of SWIB holdings as of December 31, 2017, are now available on the publications page on SWIB's website. To request a printed copy, contact SWIB at info@swib.state.wi.us or call 1-800-424-7942.

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2018 Well Wisconsin Incentive Deadline October 19

Act quickly! The 2018 Well Wisconsin incentive deadline is October 19. Complete three steps to improve your well-being and earn $150 in 2018*.

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Retirement Appointments to Suit Your Needs and Schedule

The Department of Employee Trust Funds offers three types of retirement appointments: Group, Online and Individual. No matter which type you book, an ETF benefits specialist covers the same topics, listens to your questions and ensures you have the information needed to make a well-informed, lifetime decision. These include:

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Williamson Named Blair Testin Award Recipient

Michael Williamson, retired SWIB Executive Director, received the Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants 2018 Blair Testin Award in recognition of his many years of exceptional service and dedication on behalf of public employees and their retirement benefits. Williamson was honored in May at the WCOA annual conference. Williamson, who retired in January, spent five years as executive director at SWIB and has worked more than 40 years in the public sector. The WCOA is a statewide organization representing more than 20 retired public employee associations. The award is named in honor of Blair Testin, former state director of retirement research.

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ICI Program Administrator Change

The Hartford has acquired Aetna's disability business, which includes administration of the Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) Program for the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Participating state and local government employees should continue to call 1-800-960-0052 for ICI claims. ETF will continue to handle employer and member inquiries about enrollment, coverage and premiums. During the transition, please note that Aetna email addresses, letterhead and online portal access will gradually change to The Hartford.​​​​​​

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SWIB Staff Recognized Among Industry Leaders

SWIB continues to be recognized as an investment industry leader because of the highly qualified staff managing the funds of the Wisconsin Retirement System. Chris Eckerman, a private equity senior managing analyst, was recently named to Trusted Insight's list of Top 30 Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors for 2018.

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