What’s changing in 2017?

Review changes that impact each benefit plan in 2017. Click the link above to learn more, and to watch a video overview of changes.

What do you need to do?

Review the benefit checklist to help guide you through the Annual Benefits Enrollment period.


If you have any questions about benefits during the Annual Benefit Enrollment period, your human resources office will be able to help!

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The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is your annual opportunity to evaluate your current benefits, review the various benefits the university offers and to change your benefit elections for the upcoming year.

This is the only time during the year when you are eligible to make benefit plans changes to most plans unless you have a qualifying life event (e.g. marriage, birth, divorce…) or a change in employment that allows you to change your benefits. See below for actions you can take during this period.

Changes you make during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period are effective January 1, 2017.

It is very important to Prepare, Decide and Act during the ABE period to ensure you are making well informed decisions for you and your family.



Explore this website during the Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period to learn more about benefit plans available, changes to these benefit plans, and actions you can take during the ABE period.



Using what you’ve learned, make decisions for you and your family. You can use the benefit checklist as a guide.



After you have educated yourself on your options and made decisions for you and your family, you are ready to enroll or make changes. Click on “How to Enroll” for more information.

Ready to make changes?

If you have prepared by educating yourself on changes for 2017 and made decisions about what’s best for you and your family, learn more about how to enroll.

Not making changes?

Even if you do not want to make any changes to your benefits, did you know that you need to enroll in the FSAs, HSA and Opt-Out each year if you want to continue participation? Review the benefit checklist to ensure you’re not missing anything.

We want your feedback!

Please take a few moments to provide us with feedback on your Annual Benefits Enrollment experience! Your feedback will help us improve to best meet your needs.  

Take the survey.

What can I do during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period?

Plan Open Enrollment Change Plan Add/ Remove Dependents* Cancel Coverage
State Group Health Yes Any health plan

Add or remove Uniform Dental


Yes; may be eligible to receive $2,000 if opting out of coverage.

(opt-out requires application)

Health Savings Account You are required to actively enroll in the HSA each year if you are enroll in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). You are responsible for ensuring your eligibility for the HSA.
Dental Wisconsin Yes PPO <-> Select Yes Yes
EPIC Benefits+ Yes, but will have graduated dental benefits Add or remove vision insurance Yes Yes
VSP Vision Yes N/A Yes Yes
Individual & Family Life Insurance Annual Increase Option Increase current coverage N/A Any time
Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) This program includes the Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Transit/Parking Accounts.

If you choose to participate in the FSAs, you must enroll each year.

(University Staff Temporary Employees, Fellows, Scholars, Graduate Interns/ Trainees, or Post-Doctoral Fellows/ Trainees are not eligible to participate in Health Care and Dependent Day Care FSAs.)

* See the Dependent Eligibility Chart to see who you can cover on your plans.

last updated: 10/10/2016

Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but may be subject to change. Please note revision dates located at the bottom of each page. In the event of conflicting information, federal law, state statute, state health contracts and/or policies and provisions established by the State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board shall be followed. Language assistance is available for programs offered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds.