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Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Individual Sessions

Scott Schewe, representative from WDC, will be available to meet individually with employees regarding their current WDC enrollment and for those interested in learning more about the program and planning for retirement by investing before tax dollars. Please see the links for more information about WDC’s Program highlights and new options.

When: Monday; December 9, 2013; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm<a
Where: University Union Building, Heritage Room #232

You can schedule an individual session with Scott Schewe by emailing him at scott.schewe@greatwest.com.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Period

A reminder to all benefits eligible employees:

The Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period ends on Friday, November 1, 2013.  Any changes/new enrollments for 2014 must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.  Please see the attached document regarding information on the 2014 Open Enrollment details and insurance/WRS increases.

 

Benefits Open Lab Session are being held on the following dates:


Date: 
Monday, Oct. 21st
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 23rd
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 29th
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 30th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Friday, Nov. 1st
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Stop by one of the Benefits Open Lab Session to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2014 benefit changes, or to receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program.

ERA Special Election Period for Employees with Same-Sex Spouses

2013 ERA Special Election Period for Employees with Same-Sex Spouses – October 14 – November 13, 2013
This email applies only to employees with a same-sex spouse.
Due to recent tax law changes, if you have a legally recognized same-sex spouse, you may now claim medical and dependent care expenses for your spouse and spouse’s children through the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) program. This applies to 2013 ERA contributions to the Health Care and the Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) programs.

You may enroll in the ERA program or increase your election for 2013 by submitting a Change in Status form directly to WageWorks by November 13, 2013. We recommend that you submit the form as soon as possible to allow for processing before the end of the calendar year.

If you are already enrolled in the ERA program for 2013, and you do not plan to increase your election, you may still submit claims incurred by your spouse or spouse’s children for the entire 2013 plan year (January 1, 2013 – March 15, 2014).
Forms must be submitted to WageWorks via fax at 1-866-672-4780 or U.S. Mail to: PO BOX 1840, Tallahassee, Fl 32302-1840.

Please note that if you want to enroll in the ERA program for 2014, you must enroll online or via paper application by November 1, 2013. See the Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) website for more information: www.uwsa.edu/abe/era

Open Enrollment and 2014 Health Insurance and WRS Contribution Increases

For information regarding 2014 benefit changes and enrollment opportunities, please log into your My UW System Portal and click on the Read More>>> link under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section.

Once you have reviewed the 2014 information, if you would like to make any changes to your benefits (beginning Monday, October 7th - Friday, November 1st), scroll down to the Benefits Information section and click on the Open Enrollment link to begin making changes and/or enrolling in plans.  An E-Benefits Quick Guide is available to walk you through the process of using the Open Enrollment link.

2014 Health Insurance Premiums-

Plan Name Employee Premium Employer Premium
Anthem Blue Preferred-Northeast Network Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$616.90
Family-$1,536.70
Arise Health Plan Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$646.20
Family-$1,609.90
Dean Health Insurance-Prevea360 Single- $88.00
Family- $219.00
Single- $680.30
Family- $1695.20
Humana-Eastern Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$691.50
Family-$1,723.20
Network Health Plan Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$647.70
Family-$1,613.70
UnitedHealthCare of WI Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$651.70
Family-$1,623.70
WEA Trust PPO-East Single-$88.00
Family-$219.00
Single-$673.20
Family-$1,677.40
Standard Plan Single- $239.00
Family-$596.00
Single-$1,007.70
Family-$2,517.00

In addition to Health Insurance premiums changes, please note that the Wisconsin Retirement System employee and employer contributions effective January 1, 2014 are as follows:

2014 WRS Contributions-

Employee Category 2014 Employee Contribution 2014 Employer Contribution 2013 Employee Contribution 2013 Employer Contribution
General/Teacher 7.00% 7.00% 6.65% 6.65%
Executive 7.75% 7.75% 7.00% 7.00%
Sworn Police Officer 7.00% 10.10% 6.65% 9.75%
  • Additional information regarding WRS Contributions is available on the portal under the HR, Payroll & Benefits News, posted on Aug. 27th

If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please stop by one of the Benefits Open Lab Sessions or contact:

Kimberly Danielson
Classified & Unclassified CPS Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2196
E-mail: danielsk@uwgb.edu

Sue Miller
Unclassified Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2816
E-mail: millers@uwgb.edu

T. Rowe Price Offers Live Webinars

T. Rowe Price will offer two live webinars this November – Basics of Money Management and Today’s Investment Climate. These are live presentations over the web, and there will be time for you to ask questions and get your questions answered.


Basics of Money Management
– With this 40-minute webinar you’ll learn some basics of smart money management. The webinar will explore setting financial goals, understanding your own thoughts about money, the benefits of effective money management, getting organized, and basics of savings and investing.

Monday, November 11 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12 – 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Today
’s Investment Climate – This 30-minute presentation focuses on the economy, the stock market and how they relate. Topics covered are stock indices, bull and bear markets, economic indicators and federal monetary policy. Attend this program to review the market performance of the previous quarter.

Wednesday, November 13 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 14 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

You may sign up and watch the presentations on your own computer while listening to the audio portion on your telephone. Registration link: http://rpstrowepricereg32.fugent.com/

If you do not have computer access at the time of a webinar and would like to take part, please contact your benefits office. It may be possible for them to accommodate you.

Recorded Webinar
T. Rowe Price continues to offer  Asset Allocation – Balancing Risk vs. Reward – July 2013 – This recorded webinar addresses how spreading our your investments could help you meet your long-term investing goals. You’ll discover:

  • How to invest to help balance your risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals and needs;
  • Why asset allocation, or the way you invest across stock, bond, and stable value investments, is a key factor in retirement planning; and
  • Resources that can help you determine if you’re investing appropriately and on track to reach the retirement you envision.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

TIAA-CREF is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions (see attachment) where you can discuss your financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant.  They will be available to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions.  

Please see the attached flyer for more information about TIAA-CREF sessions at UWGB.   To schedule a consultation with representative Chad Stein, call 1-866-843-5640  Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 8:00pm (EST), or register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1 .

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

This year we will once again be offering Benefits Open Lab Sessions. Stop by any of the following open lab sessions to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2014 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program.

Open Lab Sessions:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Friday, Oct. 11th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15th
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Thursday, Oct. 17th
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Monday, Oct. 21st
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29th
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: IS 1004

Date: Friday, Nov. 1st
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: IS 1004

UWGB Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair

UWGB Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair
Monday, October 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
University Union-Phoenix Rooms

The benefits fair will provide you with the opportunity to learn more information about your benefits and options you have during the annual It’s Your Choice enrollment period.  This year’s annual It’s Your Choice open enrollment period is October 7th - November 1st.  Representatives from over 25 vendors will be available during the fair.  More information regarding the 2014 open enrollment period will be sent out later this week, from both the UWGB Payroll & Benefits office as well as from the UW System Administration office.

This year we will once again be offering Benefits Open Lab Sessions.  Stop by any of the following open lab sessions to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2014 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program. 

Open Lab Sessions:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date: Friday, Oct. 11th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 15th
Time: 11:30 a.m. -  12:30  p.m.
Location:  IS 1004 

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 17th
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Monday, Oct. 21st
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 23rd
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 29th
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 30th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Date:  Friday, Nov. 1st
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Fidelity Investments Individual Counseling Sessions

A Fidelity Investments representative will be coming to campus on:

Monday, October 7, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University Union, Manistique Room, #101C

To schedule a confidential consultation with your Fidelity Investments representative, David Eichler, call 1-800-642-7131 or go to http://www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservation.

Fidelity Investments Individual Counseling Sessions

Fidelity Investments is offering individual counseling sessions where you can confidentially discuss your financial situation with a Fidelity representative.  During consultations, participants can review their current retirement plan and investment strategy, as well as discuss ways in which Fidelity can help along the road to retirement.

A Fidelity Investments representative will be coming to campus on:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
University Union, Heritage Room #232

To schedule a confidential consultation with your Fidelity Investments representative, David Eichler, call 1-800-642-7131 or go to http://www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservation.