WRS News Online for Employees
Sep 5, 2017 5:00pm Sept 2017 Edition

Legislative Update -- by Tarna Hunter, Director of Strategic Engagement and Government Relations

In June the Joint Committee on Finance took action on the Department of Employee Trust Funds part of the 2017-2019 executive state budget, a proposal of how the state should manage expenses for the next two years. The budget bills, 2017 Assembly Bill 64 and 2017 Senate Bill 30, are currently before JCF and are delayed past the July 1 start of the fiscal biennium.

WRS News Online for Employees
Sep 5, 2017 5:00pm Sept 2017 Edition

SWIB Analyst Honored as Industry 'Rising Star'

Jason Rector, a State of Wisconsin Investment Board analyst, has no problem working behind the scenes for Wisconsin Retirement System members — but that doesn't mean the work he is doing goes unnoticed.

WRS News Online for Employees
Sep 5, 2017 5:00pm Sept 2017 Edition

2017 Well Wisconsin Incentive Deadline October 20

Employees and their spouses/domestic partners enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs still have time to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive through StayWell. The deadline to earn the 2017 incentive is October 20, 2017. Use StayWell's secure wellness portal to earn your incentive and access tools and resources that support you in achieving your health goals.

Department News
Aug 30, 2017 5:00pm

GIB Approves a 0% Premium Increase for Health Insurance in 2018

Health plans participating in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program will have a 0% premium increase next year, as approved by the Group Insurance Board (Board) today. Local government employees and retirees who participate in the program will have an overall 3.3% premium increase.

Department News
Jun 12, 2017 5:00pm

Online Educational Program Builds Financial Muscles

Flex your financial muscles with ETF’s 2017 Financial Fitness Program, a free online financial education and awareness program available to all Wisconsin Retirement System members.

Want to create and work within a budget? Learn how to build emergency savings? Increase your retirement savings sources? Learn more about your benefits as a Wisconsin public employee?

Department News
May 26, 2017 5:00pm

GIB Selects Pharmacy Benefits Manager, Raises Concerns About Possible Premium Increases

At its regularly scheduled meeting on May 24, the Group Insurance Board (Board) approved issuing a notice of intent to award a contract to Navitus Health Solutions (Navitus) as the pharmacy benefits manager for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, starting January 1, 2018. Navitus is the current PBM under a contract that expires in December.

Department News
May 8, 2017 5:00pm

Self-Insurance Contracts Submitted to Joint Finance

Today the Group Insurance Board (Board) and the state Division of Personnel Management submitted signed contracts for self-insuring the state’s group health insurance program to the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) for approval. The contracts are for self-insured administrative services beginning in 2018. (See letter to JCF.)

WRS News Online for Employees
May 1, 2017 5:00pm May 2017 Edition

WRS: Strong Public Workforce

Organizations that offer a defined benefit plan, like the WRS, have a significant advantage in attracting and retaining qualified employees, according to human capital and benefits consultant Willis Towers Watson. More than 620,000 individuals participate in the WRS, as either a current state and local government employee, former employee, retiree or beneficiary. Find out why the WRS is strong for Wisconsin.