WRS News Online for Employees
Sep 1, 2019 12:00pm Sept 2019 Edition

ALEX Online Tool Helps Evaluate Options and Costs

If you need help navigating health insurance plan designs and supplemental benefits, or if you have questions about how your insurance works, try using ALEX—it’s like having your own personal benefits counselor!

WRS News Online for Employees
Sep 1, 2019 12:00pm Sept 2019 Edition

Deadline for Canceling Variable Fund Participation

An article in the May edition of WRS News Online included provided basic information about how participation in the Variable Trust Fund affects your WRS account. If you want to cancel your participation, here is the form and information on filing deadlines.

Department News
Aug 26, 2019 9:00am

When Are Annuity Payments Available?

Under state law, monthly Wisconsin Retirement System annuity payments are payable on the first day of the month. The chart below shows upcoming 2019 payments affected when the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Department News
Aug 26, 2019 9:00am

Office Closures Observe Labor Day

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), including all customer service phone lines, will be closed for business Monday, September 2, 2019, due to the Labor Day observance. Wisconsin Retirement System members are encouraged to utilize the ETF Internet site to view and print forms, brochures and other information. Regular office hours and Customer Service Call Center hours (see below) will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Customer Service Call Center Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Department News
Aug 23, 2019 1:00pm

Wisconsin Pharmacy Cost Study

ETF was awarded a technical assistance grant from the National Governor’s Association to continue the work ETF has been doing on the Pharmacy Cost Study Committee.

Department News
Aug 21, 2019 4:00pm

State Health Insurance Premiums to Increase; First Increase in Three Years

The Group Insurance Board today approved an overall 4% health insurance premium increase and 2020 plan changes for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. The rate increases are less than national projections, according to Segal Consulting, the Board’s consulting actuary.