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

Why Are You in Public Service?

"Growing up in a large family that farmed, my mom would say, 'if someone needs your help, you should do what you can to help them.' I am in public service to be a part of an even larger family devoted to helping others. I take great pride in that."

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

Which Annuity Option Should You Pick?

Your Wisconsin Retirement System retirement application will list all of the annuity options available to you. No matter which option you select, your annuity is paid to you for your entire life. It may also extend beyond your lifetime (e.g., to cover beneficiaries or fulfill a guaranteed number of payments), depending on which option you select and how long you live.

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

Benefit/Health Fairs, Webinars are Great Learning Opportunities

Stay informed about your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits and how they work for you! Whether you are a new hire, mid-career or nearing retirement, ETF has a learning opportunities applicable to where your circumstances and where you live.

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

Why Are You in Public Service?

"Every day I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the kids that I am honored to teach. I challenge myself to consistently keep that idea clearly in focus. If I am successful, I wholeheartedly believe that I am also helping to make Wisconsin a better place — one learner, one class, and one 'aha!' moment at a time."