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Upcoming Wellness Events in Madison

State participants in the Group Health Insurance Program: Get your free health screening on May 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center or June 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. For event details and to register, go to Staywell.com or call 1-800-821-6591.

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Group Retirement Appointments Held Statewide

Did you know the Department of Employee Trust Funds offers group retirement appointments? These appointments are held statewide once a month and twice weekly in Madison, year-round.

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Put Medical Bills on a Payment Plan

Unexpected medical bill? No need to stress.

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Know Your Benefits: Annual Statement of Benefits

Take a few minutes to review your Wisconsin Retirement System annual Statement of Benefits. This important document is a summary of your year-end retirement account information. Keep your statement with your important paperwork.

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Legislative Update

In February Gov. Evers released the 2019-2021 executive state budget, a proposal for how the state should manage expenses for the next two years. The budget is introduced as separate—yet identical—legislation (bills) in the Senate and the Assembly. 2019 Assembly Bill 56 and 2019 Senate Bill 59 are currently before the Joint Committee on Finance. The JCF has spent the last few months reviewing the proposed budget and will continue to review and make changes over the next few weeks.

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Simplify Your Savings with the WDC

Did you know you can “roll in” (consolidate) non-WRS retirement savings from other qualified plans into your Wisconsin Deferred Compensation account? Watch for an opportunity to try the My Total Retirement program free for 90 days. Read the latest WDC quarterly newsletter.

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New Website Coming This Summer

ETF is launching a new website this summer. Here are just a few features; Responsive design, Benefits available by employer, and an easy way to find nearby events!

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Tips for Easiest Access to ETF Customer Services

While our website is a great place to start if you need WRS benefits information and resources, we know there are times when you need to speak with a benefits specialist. Here are some tips for getting help during this period of peak demand for ETF services.

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Investing for the Long Term

In today’s world we expect instant results. The focus seems to be on the short term. For an institutional investor like SWIB, however, there is a balance between short-term and long-term investment results. SWIB also takes a long-term approach to grow investments and protect the WRS.

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Why Are You in Public Service?

"You know you're in the right job when you go to work every day and say to yourself that you get to serve the citizens of this county."

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Wellness Webinars Set

The Well Wisconsin Program is offering two webinars to help you take steps to improve your health and wellness this spring and summer: Practicing Self-Compassion and Understanding Diabetes.

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SWIB Investment Report is Available

SWIB has published its 2019 Goals, Strategies & Performance report, which provides information about investment strategies for the previous calendar year, how well investments performed, and the goals and strategies for the coming year.

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Video Explains WRS Annuity Options

Choosing a WRS annuity option is not easy. ETF’s video, WRS Annuity Payment Options, provides details on all options, including those protecting joint survivors and beneficiaries.

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Before You Retire: Update Your WAMS Account

Most employees set up their WAMS account using work email addresses.

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Portfolio Manager Celebrates 20 Years of Giving Back

Educators can have a big impact on a person’s life. From an early age they teach and guide students, putting them on a path to success. For Dean Martin, it was the impact educators had on his life that led him to SWIB 20 years ago.

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Valentine Named Chief Technology And Operations Officer

Julia Valentine is SWIB’s new chief technology and operations officer. In this role, Valentine oversees SWIB’s operational processes and technology infrastructure.

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Two New Trustees Join Board; Conlin Reappointed

Two new trustees have joined the SWIB Board of Trustees – DOA Secretary Joel Brennan and David Schalow, who was appointed by the Teachers Retirement Board. ETF Secretary Robert Conlin has been reappointed to the board by the Wisconsin Retirement Board.

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Governing Board Updates

Last fall ETF announced nominations were open to run for active employee seats on the Employee Trust Funds Board and the Teachers Retirement Board. Find out who the new members are.

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Upcoming Board Meetings

The next Group Insurance Board meeting is scheduled for May 15. The ETF Board, Teachers Retirement Board and Wisconsin Retirement Board will next meet on June 20. Find the board meeting agendas and materials here.

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Impact of Former Variable Fund Participation on Your WRS Account

Were you previously in the Variable Trust Fund? If so, your Wisconsin Retirement System account has either a “residual Variable excess” or a “residual Variable deficiency”. This is the difference between your current account balance and what your balance would be if you had never participated in the Variable Fund.

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