2021 Benefit Change Highlights

The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is September 28 – October 23, 2020. This is the annual opportunity for eligible employees to make benefit plan changes, consider new enrollments and/or drop coverage. Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2021.

Benefit plan changes for 2021 are listed below.

Health Insurance
All current health insurance plan carriers will continue to participate in the State Group Health Insurance Program for 2021. Additionally, the health insurance plan design components will remain the same (e.g. deductibles, copayments, coinsurance). The minor changes to the plans are:

    • Coverage will be added for biofeedback services for urinary incontinence.
    • Health insurance plan carriers will no longer offer a wellness incentive component as a part of their plans. Note: The $150 incentive offered through StayWell will continue (see below).

Finally, telehealth services will continue to be covered without cost-sharing (unless they would have normally been provided in an office visit setting but have moved virtual due to the pandemic).

Well Wisconsin Program: Wellness Incentive
The $150 wellness incentive will continue to be offered to employees and their spouses enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program. To earn the incentive, employees are required to complete a health assessment, complete one well-being activity and a screening. The screening requirement can be met by completing one of the following: a biometric screening, health care provider form, preventive dental exam (new option) or participate in a health coaching call (new option).

Vision Insurance
The vision insurance plan will be administered by Delta Vision in 2021 (using the EyeMed network). The plan will continue to offer an allowance of up to $150 toward frames or contact lenses. The monthly premiums will decrease slightly. Participants enrolled in 2021 will receive a vision insurance ID card to help eye doctors/clinics to verify eligibility/benefits and process claims.

Pre-tax Spending and Savings Accounts

      • Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts:
        • Annual contribution limit will increase by $50 to $2,750.
        • Carryover limit will increase by $50 to $550.
      • Health Savings Accounts:
        • Single HDHP Coverage: Annual contribution limit will increase by $50 to $3,600.
        • Family HDHP Coverage: Annual contribution limit will increase by $100 to $7,200.

Accident Insurance
The Accident Insurance plan will continue to be offered in 2021. This plan is designed to protect employees and their families in the event of an accident. It includes an accidental death & dismemberment component which will be enhanced for the 2021 plan year ($100,000 vs $25,000). Monthly premiums will increase slightly.

Note: The Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance plan will continue to be offered by the UW System (coverage levels range from $25,000 to $500,000). Employees may enroll in both the Accident Insurance plan and the AD&D Insurance plan.

Watch for emails in September and October regarding ABE and your enrollment opportunities!

Source: UW System Human Resources

Life Insurance Benefits

The UW System offers several life insurance plans to help protect you and your family in the event of death. You may enroll in one or more of the following plans if you are eligible:

  • State Group Life Insurance – Provides coverage of up to five times your eligible earnings. You may also elect up to $20,000 coverage for your spouse and up to $10,000 for dependent child(ren).
  • Individual & Family Life Insurance – Provides coverage of up to $20,000 for you, up to $10,000 for your spouse/domestic partner and up to $5,000 for dependent child(ren). If enrolled, you have an annual opportunity to increase coverage without providing proof of good health. Coverage levels can be increased in $5,000 increments up to $300,000 for employee coverage, $150,000 for spouse/domestic partner coverage and $25,000 for child(ren) coverage.
  • UW Employees Inc. Life Insurance – Provides decreasing term life insurance ranging from $7,000 to $33,000 based on your age. Coverage is not available for family members.
  • University Insurance Association Life Insurance – Provides decreasing life insurance from $3,400 to $101,000 based on your age. Coverage is not available for family members.

See the UW System Life Insurance Comparison chart for more information about who is eligible, the amount of available coverage and additional plan features.

How much life insurance do you need?

Life insurance needs vary based on your unique situation. To estimate the amount of coverage you might need, check out the Life Insurance Needs Calculator.

When can you enroll in coverage?

You may enroll within 30 days from your date of employment or newly benefits-eligible job. This is considered your initial enrollment period. If you do not enroll during your initial enrollment period, you may apply for coverage at any time through evidence of insurability by providing proof of good health (approval is not guaranteed). You may also apply for coverage within 30 days of a qualifying life event. Refer to the Life Events webpage for more details.

How to enroll in coverage.

To enroll or make changes following a qualifying life event, complete the life insurance plan’s paper application and return it to your human resources office within 30 days of the event. To apply for coverage through evidence of insurability, complete the applicable evidence of insurability form and forward it to Securian Financial. The applications and evidence of insurability forms can be found in the Forms & Resources section on each Life Insurance Plan webpage.

No application is required for enrollment in the University Insurance Association Life Insurance. Coverage is a condition of employment (for eligible employees) and you are automatically enrolled in the plan.

How much do I pay for life insurance?

Life insurance premiums vary by plan and depend on your age and the amount of coverage you elect. UW System contributes towards the cost of State Group Life Insurance and you pay the total cost of the premium for any other life insurance plan you may be enrolled in. To review the premiums for each plan, visit the Benefit Premiums webpage.

How do I pay for life insurance?

Most life insurance premiums are deducted from your pay once a month and are for coverage for the upcoming month. See the payroll deduction schedule for more information.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Reminder: 2020 Summer Leave Reports

As summer comes to an end, please remember that leave-eligible, nine-month employees who were employed in either a Summer Session or Summer Service appointment are required to complete a Summer Leave Report, even if no leave was taken during the summer time period.

Summer Leave Reports are submitted online through the My UW Portal. Launch the Time and Absence app and click on the tab: Summer Appt. Leave Reporting.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to enter leave for the summer.

Summer Leave Reports need to be submitted online by Friday, September 4, 2020.
As a reminder, failure to complete the summer leave report will result in a sick leave reduction.

Please contact our office at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

WRS Webinars Offered in September

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Thinking about retiring in the next 12 months? We’ll walk you through the process. You’ll learn how to:

  • Choose a termination date.
  • Request a retirement estimate.
  • Read the retirement estimate.
  • Schedule a retirement appointment.
  • Submit a retirement application.

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Sep 21, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2737993268999150348

Choosing When to Retire

Did you know that when you retire can change how much money you get in retirement? We’ll discuss how retiring throughout the year can change your retirement benefit. We’ll also answer one of the most common questions we receive: “Should I retire in December or January?”

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wed, Sep 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1824556392038414860

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator

Curious about how much money you’ll get during retirement? Our most-used online tool, the retirement calculator, lets you see how much money you may get in the future. We’ll discuss:

  • How to get to the calculator
  • What information you’ll need handy when using the calculator.
  • How to use the calculator.
  • What the results mean.

Thu, Sep 3, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 18, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 22, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8034399054112763148

Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 1-10 years? Then this webinar is for you.

We’ll discuss:

  • The money you and your employer have put towards your retirement account.
  • How your retirement account grows through investments.
  • When you can retire.
  • Options for receiving your retirement benefit.
  • Rules you must follow if you return to work after retiring.
  • What happens to your account after you die.
  • Changes to your health and life insurance in retirement.

Thu, Sep 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tue, Oct 20, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec 3, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon, Dec 14, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2062561071726664450

HRS System Maintenance on Sunday, September 6th

Employees will not have access to their online timesheet, earnings statements and other related documents and services during a UW Human Resources System (HRS) outage that will occur on Sunday, September 6th at 6:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 pm.  This outage is due to installing technical updates.  The following self-service features that employees access through the My UW System portal will be unavailable during this outage:

  • Online timesheet and web clock
  • Absence reporting
  • Benefits Self-Service
  • Updates to personal information
  • Access to electronic earnings statements, tax statements (W-2, etc.), leave statements and other HR, Payroll and Benefits documents
  • Access to TAM job application service (applicants will not be able to apply for positions during this time)

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

Associate Director of Student Life

The Associate Director for Student Life is responsible for the management and leadership of the Office of Student Life a unit within the University Union. This position has the critical role of creating dynamic student energy and engagement on-campus. The Associate Director will also be a leader in creating an inclusive programming and student involvement plan for campus to support UWGB’s priority on diversity, inclusion and engagement.

The Associate Director will directly supervise full-time staff and will challenge and support them in creating vibrant programs and activities to engage students. Student engagement is a direct predictor of student success and supports UWGB’s vision of access. Key components of the position include programming, first-year experience programs, supervision, mentoring, and engagement with UWGB community. This position will also work to create a safe and inclusive environment for all UW-Green Bay students where all feel a sense of place and pride.

For further information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, September 13, 2020. 

Financial Specialist Senior

This position reports to the University Union Assistant Director-Business Operations, and provides financial and administrative support for the University Union, Student Organizations and the Office of Student Life. Duties primarily consist of auditing, monitoring, reconciliation, report development, reallocating expenses, and general office and project support.  The Financial Specialist Senior also provides support to various University Union staff related to the specific functions and areas, and supervises Student Financial positions.

For further information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please apply by Saturday, September 5, 2020. 

Director of Men’s Basketball Operations

This position reports to the Head Men’s Basketball Coach and will coordinate the video recording and editing of practices and games as directed by Head Coach. Break down video of practices/games and provide to coaching staff for use in planning practices and workouts (team and individual) and break down opposing team game film and assist in the creation of a scouting report for all opponents. Coordinate travel arrangements for all men’s basketball away games including prepare team travel expense reports that include required documentation for all expenses incurred and track expenses to ensure actual expenses stay within the team travel budget. Assist with the recruitment of student-athletes, including but not limited to: development of recruiting materials to provide prospective student athletes, official and unofficial visits, break down of video provided by prospective student athletes; coordinate film exchange with opponents.

For further information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, August 30, 2020. 

Academic Technology Specialist (Marinette Campus)

This position reports to the Media Specialist and is responsible for providing operational and technical support for classroom technology, videoconferencing, and distance education systems. This position will assist the faculty and staff by answering questions and providing training for all classroom technology and media equipment. In addition, this position will also serve as the help desk technician “in the field” by helping solve client problems, conducting on-site training as needed, and working with the Help Desk at the main branch to resolve workstation and other technology related issues.

For further information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, August 30, 2020.