Payroll & Benefits

Need to choose a new health plan for 2018? Here are some helpful tips!

 

The following health plans are no longer available for 2018: ABE

  • Anthem Blue Preferred Northeast
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Health Tradition Health Plan
  • Humana Eastern
  • Humana Western
  • UnitedHealthCare of Wisconsin

If you were a member of one of these plans you will need to choose a new provider for 2018.  Not sure where to begin? Explore plan designs and benefits offered by using the interactive tool, Alex.  After determining what plan design is best for you, explore ETF’s state health plan map to see which health plans are available in your area and review the plan’s provider directory to determine if your doctors are covered.

Once you’ve decided, visit the MyUW Portal to submit your elections today!

Not sure where to begin and need some additional guidance? Visit one of the Benefit Open Lab Sessions to talk to a benefits counselor and get your questions answered!

Interested in all the plan changes for 2018? Click here to view the 2018 update presentation highlighting plan changes.

Fidelity Presentation and Individual Appointments on December 6th

Elisa Waligora, Retirement Planner with Fidelity, will be at UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, December 6th to present “Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals” at Noon to 1:00 p.m.  She invites employees to register for a one-on-one meeting with her that day.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  • Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals Presentation at Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Individual appointments available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Location: Heritage Room in University Union

Register at www.getguidance.fidelity.com

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2017-2019 State Budget Bill Signed- Domestic Partnership Impacts

On September 21, 2017, Governor Walker signed the 2017-2019 State Budget Bill. The budget bill contains a provision that eliminates the Chapter 40 domestic partnership program which will impact employees who are in a domestic partnership. At this time, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is reviewing the signed budget bill to identify implications for the Wisconsin Retirement System and ETF-administered benefit programs (including health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance). We will update this article when we receive more information on the impacts.

Once ETF provides a review of the budget bill, a targeted communication will be sent to employees who currently cover a domestic partner/domestic partner’s child(ren) to inform them of the impacts and any action they may have to take.

Resource: ETF Initial Review of 2017-2019 State Budget

Source: UW System Human Resources

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

Stop in to a Benefit Open Lab Session to have any of your Annual Benefit Enrollment (October 2nd – October 27th) questions answered or to get help with your eBenefits election process from one of our Benefit specialists.  All Benefit Open Lab Sessions will be held in IS 1129 J unless indicated below.

  • Monday, October 2nd   question 1
    • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m
  • Tuesday, October 10th
    • 8:00 to 9:00 a.m
  • Friday, October 13th
    • 2:00 to 3:00 p.m
  • Wednesday, October 18th
    • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m
  • Friday, October 20th
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
  • Monday, October 23rd
    • 8:00 – 9:20 a.m
  • Wednesday, October 25th – CL 102
    • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m
  • Thursday, October 26th – IS 1129 B
    • 10:00 – 12:00 p.m
  • Friday, October 27th
    • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m

Please contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 with any questions.

 

Flu Shot Clinic

Fight the flu this season by getting your annual flu shot!  The Well Wisconsin Program is offering a flu shot clinic during our Benefits & Wellness Fair. Flu shots are free and voluntary for all site employees who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Rooms

The shot will vaccinate against the four most likely causes of flu illness during the upcoming season, including the H1N1- strain of influenza.

The vaccine is not preservative free and is not recommended for the following individuals:Flu Shot

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • Those who are sensitive to the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
  • Those who have an active neurological disorder
  • Those with a fever, acute respiratory or other active infection or illness

If you are pregnant, you should receive the vaccine directly from your physician.

Pre-registration required. No walk-ins, cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu shot appointment, log into the StayWell wellness portal at wellwisconsin.staywell.com and click on Programs, then Learn More on the Flu Shot Clinics box, and then Register Now.  Scroll through the list of available clinics and look for the October 5th clinic at UWGB and click Register.  Then select your preferred time, and complete the registration process.  Last, you will receive a confirmation email.

For more information about the flu shot, visit: cdc.gov/flu.

What if I am not able to make the flu shot clinic offered by the Well Wisconsin program?  The UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center offers flu shots to employees at a cost of $25, which can be paid by cash or check.  You can call them at ext. 2380 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you should have your Campus ID card ready when you call to schedule your appointment.

Please contact us at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions about the Flu Shot clinic.

UW Employees, Inc. Life Insurance Premium Decrease

Effective October 1, 2017, premium rates for the UW Employees, Inc. Life Insurance plan will decrease by approximately 25%. If you are currently enrolled in UW Employees, Inc., you may want to review the decreased premium rates.

This is also an opportunity to remind all current enrollees to review their current Beneficiary Designation for this life insurance plan. To make changes to your beneficiary designation, complete the Beneficiary Designation and Change Request. Mail the completed form to Minnesota Life Insurance Company, 400 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-2098.

If you have questions, contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Benefits Open Forums


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What insurance benefits changes are coming for 2018? You are invited to attend an open forum to learn more about how your insurance benefits will change in 2018.  We will discuss how to make changes to your benefits during the Annual Benefits Enrollment Period (October 2 to 27, 2017).  We are excited to introduce Alex, the new online personalized benefits counselor, at these forums.  Both forums are optional for benefits-eligible employees to attend, and we will cover the same material at each forum.

  • Tuesday, October 3rd
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Christie Theater
  • Wednesday, October 4th
    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
    Christie Theater

No need to RSVP, just mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2930 if you have any questions.

 

Annual Benefits Enrollment: October 2-27, 2017

The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period, October 2 – 27, is the only annual opportunity you have to make changes to most of your benefits unless you have an eligible life event (family status or employment change) during the year. Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2018.

Watch for emails regarding benefits changes and your enrollment opportunities. The emails will be sent beginning in mid-September from the address: UWSystemHR. You may also receive benefits-related emails from our office before and during ABE.

New this year, we are excited to introduce ALEX, an online personalized benefits counselor designed to simplify your ABE benefits election process. Through a series of easy, intuitive questions, ALEX will walk you through benefits options and suggest appropriate plans based on your answers. ALEX is in the final development stages, and the link will be released soon.

There are several things you can do now to prepare for ABE:

  • Review your current benefits and visit the ABE website wisconsin.edu/abe for a preview of 2018 benefits changes.
  • Plan to attend UW-Green Bay’s Benefits Fair on Thursday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union to meet with health plan representatives and other benefits vendors. For a list of fairs throughout the UW System: UW System Benefits Fairs.
  • Plan ahead if you currently participate in a plan that requires re-enrollment each year to continue participation. Plans include
    •  Flexible Spending Account (FSA) including Health Care FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, Dependent Day Care FSA
    •  Health Savings Account (HSA) requires that you enroll every year you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).
    • State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Final Reminder: 2017 Summer Leave Reports

Please remember that all leave-eligible faculty and instructional academic staff are required to submit a 2017 Summer Leave Report if they worked any summer service or summer session appointments between 5/22/17-8/20/17. Similar to last year, summer leave reports need to be processed via a paper form, instead of through the regular academic year online process. 2017 summer leave reports were due to Human Resources by September 2, 2017, so any outstanding summer leave reports need to be completed and returned to Human Resources as soon as possible.

Please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.