Annual Benefits Enrollment Presentations

The 2024 Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is September 25 – October 20, 2023. This is your annual opportunity to enroll in or make changes to most of your benefits. Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2024.

Plan now so you are ready for the enrollment period.

UW System Human Resources is hosting virtual presentations to review the upcoming benefit changes and actions you may need to take. Presentations are scheduled for:

Registration is not required. To attend a session, click on the link above. To save the link to your Outlook calendar create a ‘New Appointment’ and copy and paste the link for the session you want to attend to the appointment.

The presentations will be approximately 45 minutes. You will have an opportunity to submit questions during the presentation (excluding personal health information). A recording of the presentation will be available on the ABE web page (following the first presentation).

UW System Human Resources

Annual Benefits Enrollment: 2024 State Group Health Insurance Premiums

The State Group Health Insurance premiums will be increasing in 2024.  The annual medical deductible for the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Access HDHP have increased to comply with federal requirements:

    • Individual: increased to $1,600
    • Family: increased to $3,200

Premium changes will be effective January 1, 2024. More information pertaining to the State Group Health Insurance program can be found on the UW System Annual Benefits Enrollment website.


2024 Benefits Highlights

The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is September 25 – October 20, 2023. This is your opportunity to enroll in or change your benefits and/or dependents for the upcoming calendar year. Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2024. Below are the highlights for 2024.

State Group Health Insurance
The plan designs (health plan and high deductible health plan), copayments, and coinsurance will remain the same.

The annual deductibles for the High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) will increase to $1,600 for individual coverage and $3,200 for family coverage to remain compliant with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) minimum deductible requirement.

Group Health Cooperative (GHC) of South Central Wisconsin will split into two separate networks starting January 1, 2024.

    • GHC of South Central Wisconsin Dane Choice* will include current in-network providers in Dane County.
    • GHC of South Central Wisconsin Neighbors is a new plan that will cover in-network providers in Columbia, Grant, Iowa, Sauk, Jefferson, Juneau, and Lafayette County.

*If you are currently enrolled in a plan with GHC of South Central Wisconsin as the carrier, you will default to GHC of South Central Wisconsin Dane Choice with the same dependents for 2024 unless you make a change during ABE.

All other health insurance carriers will continue to be offered for 2024. Employee premium information will be available prior to ABE.

Uniform and Preventive Dental Insurance Plans
These plans provide coverage for preventive dental services, most basic dental services, and orthodontia services (up to age 19). Employee premiums for the Preventive Plan will increase. Employee premium information for Uniform Dental will be available prior to ABE.

Supplemental Dental Insurance Plans
The Select and Select Plus plans provide coverage for major and restorative dental services. The Select Plus plan covers orthodontia services for children and adults. Employee premiums for the Select Plan will decrease. Employee premiums for the Select Plus Plan will increase.

Vision Insurance Plan
The vision insurance plan provides coverage for an annual eye exam and materials (contacts and/or glasses). Employee premiums will remain the same in 2024.

Accident Insurance Plan
This plan provides a lump sum payment to you for specific injuries due to an accident. This plan includes an accidental death & dismemberment component. Employee premiums will decrease in 2024.

Pre-tax Spending and Savings Accounts
Below are the annual contribution maximums for 2024.

    • Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): $3,050 (increase)
    • Dependent Day Care Account: $2,500 or $5,000 (depending on tax filing status)
    • Parking & Transit Accounts: $300 per month (increase)
    • Health Savings Accounts: $4,150 for individual coverage; $8,300 for family coverage (increase)

The Healthcare FSA carryover limit will increase to $610. The Parking & Transit Account carryover is unlimited. To be eligible for Healthcare FSA and/or Parking & Transit Account carryover from 2023 to 2024, you must:

    • Have a minimum balance of $50 in your account at the end of the run-out period (March 31, 2024) OR
    • Enroll for the 2024 plan year with a minimum contribution amount of $50 (in each account if you enroll in multiple accounts)

Carryover does not apply to the Dependent Day Care Account. All remaining funds in your Health Savings Account roll over year to year.

Next Steps
Most institutions will host onsite benefits fairs during ABE as a resource to help you understand the benefits for 2024. Check the benefits fairs schedule to see if your institution will be hosting a benefits fair. Then, mark your calendar to attend!

Watch for emails in September for more information about ABE and actions required.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Know Your Benefits: College Students & Health Insurance Benefits

If you have a child in college that you cover as a dependent on your State Group Health Insurance plan, here are some tips about their coverage.

    • If they attend school within your health plan’s service area, they should seek care only from in-network providers unless they need Emergency Room or Urgent Care services.
    • If they attend school outside your health plan’s service area, Urgent Care and Emergency Room services will be covered by your health plan as in-network.

After an Urgent Care or Emergency Room visit, in most cases, your child must return to your health plan’s service area for follow-up care.

Since most plans only provide coverage for services when they are in-network, it is important that you plan for the possibility of your child needing care.

For additional information, including mental health services, review the College Students and Health Benefits article.

Source: UW System HR

New Student Employment Forms

In a continued effort to streamline processes, the Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity is excited to announce the following student employment forms are now live within BP Logix:

Through BP Logix, these standard student employment forms can be completed and approved completely electronically.  E-mail notifications will be sent directly to the student employees throughout the process, providing them with pertinent new hire information and resources (i.e., direct deposit, W-4 forms, timesheet instructions).

In addition, as previously noted within the Mission Alignment and Economic Resilience exercise for Human Resources, the processing of I-9 forms will be centralized.  As part of the new BP Logix student employment forms process, the Office of Human Resources will now complete the Criminal Background Check and I-9 steps from start to finish for all student hires.  This includes the employer verification step in reviewing documents of the I-9.

Announced last week, a Student Supervisor Training Series is being offered to aid student supervisors in the full life-cycle of student employment.  The first training session, being held on July 31st, will include information and a demonstration on the new student employment forms.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or

Adjustment to Night & Weekend Differential

Effective July 2, 2023, night and weekend differentials for hourly non-exempt University Staff have increased.

    • Night differential (for hours worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) have increase from $0.45 to $0.80 per hour.
    • Weekend differential (for hours worked between 12:00 a.m. on Saturday and 12:00 midnight on Sunday) have increased from $0.60 to $0.80 per hour.

There are no changes in time reporting for employees, the system has been configured with the differential updates.

For more information, see UW System Administrative Policy 1277.