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Human Resources

Benefits Information

This page includes general Benefits information for both UW Colleges and UW Extension employees. The University of Wisconsin offers a wide range of employee benefits. Your personal benefits information can be found in your portal (

If you have any questions in regards to your benefits please contact your UW Colleges or UW-Extension office.

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Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) Period is Coming!

The Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) period is your annual opportunity to enroll and/or make changes to your current benefits. ABE begins on October 6, 2014 and ends on October 31, 2014. All changes made during ABE take effect on January 1, 2015. If you do nothing, your current insurance coverage will continue in 2015, except that you must re-enroll in Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA ) Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program every year. All changes made during the Annual Benefit Enrollment period take effect on January 1, 2015.

The big news for 2015 is that a new type of health insurance plan will be available to most employees who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).  The new plan is a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). 

The HDHP/HSA will be offered in addition to the current health plans and you will still choose a health plan for the HDHP (such as Physicians Plus HDHP or Humana HDHP).  If you choose to enroll in an HDHP, you will pay a lower monthly premium but will need to satisfy a deductible before benefits are payable.  The deductible for single coverage will be $1,500 per year and $3,000 per year for family coverage. For more information, please view the communication from UW System Administration.

The HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account that you will establish to help you pay for expenses that fall under the deductible and may also provide a an important tool for saving for future medical expenses.  The HSA belongs to you, even if you leave employment with the UW.  You must enroll in the HDHP to have an HSA and vice versa.

In addition, during this year's ABE period, you may enroll in or make changes to the following plans:

  • State Group Health Insurance

  • EPIC Benefits+

  • Dental Wisconsin PPO or Select Plans

  • VSP vision insurance

  • Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) - Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program requires that you re-enroll every year during the ABE period.  There will also be a Limited Purpose FSA for medical, dental and vision services for employees enrolling in the HDHP.

Employees who are enrolled in the Individual and Family Group Life Insurance may increase their existing employee, spouse/domestic partner and/or child coverage through the Annual Increase Option.

An Annual Benefits Enrollment website will be available in October where you can find specific information about the plans and how to enroll or make changes.


For ETF learning opportunities for WRS presentations and other beneficial information, please view their website:

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