Review Benefits with ALEX

ALEX is an interactive tool that acts as an informative, virtual benefits counselor to help you learn more about our comprehensive benefits in a personalized way. The benefits of using ALEX include:

  • ALEX speaks in plain English – no insurance jargon
  • The experience is highly interactive and engaging
  • ALEX personalizes and customizes each session
  • It feels like you’re having a real conversation with a benefits expert
  • ALEX can be accessed anytime, anywhere there’s an internet connection
  • It’s totally anonymous! You are not enrolling in benefits – just discovering all of the options

We are proud of our benefits and are so excited for you to learn more about them through ALEX. Now let’s meet ALEX!

  • For current employees during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period, click here.
  • For prospective employees or new hires with coverage beginning January 1 or later, coming soon!

(NOTE: Chrome or Firefox are the preferred internet browsers for ALEX)

Before You Begin

To get the most accurate and personalized information from your ALEX experience, you will need to know your Employment Category before you begin your conversation. Employment Categories are listed below. If you are unsure which group you’re in, please complete this UW System Employment Category Questionnaire before you begin the ALEX conversation.

UW SYSTEM EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES:

Note: WRS Stands for Wisconsin Retirement System

Employment Category

  • If yes, and you are working for UW System, your Employment Category is Rehired Annuitant for Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (Tax Sheltered Annuity and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation programs) and Parking and Transit benefits.
  • If you are collecting a WRS annuity, including rehired annuitants, your benefits are administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). You can use ALEX to learn about the benefits plans offered but the premium information will not be accurate for you. Keep this in mind if you use ALEX to estimate out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision costs.

 (Complete the questionnaire to determine which of the following Employment Category applies to you.)

  • Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointee – Enrolled in WRS and working 50% or more
  • Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointee – Enrolled in WRS and working less than 50%
  • Graduate Assistant Appointment (TA, RA, PA, Scholar, Fellow, post-Doc) or Short Term Academic Staff  – Not Eligible for the WRS

(Complete the questionnaire to determine which of the following Employment Category applies to you.)

  • University Staff (including University Staff Project) – Enrolled in WRS and working 50% or more
  • University Staff (including University Staff Project) – Enrolled in WRS and working less than 50%
  • University Staff – Temporary with one appointment and enrolled in WRS
  • University Staff – Temporary with one appointment and not enrolled in WRS
  • University Staff – Temporary with two or more concurrent appointments and enrolled in WRS  (working 40 hours per week)
  • University Staff – Temporary with two or more concurrent appointments and not enrolled in WRS
  • Crafts Worker – (painter, steamfitter, carpenter, etc.) – Enrolled in WRS
  • Student Hourly Employee

How Long Will This Conversation Take Me?

It depends. How many questions do you have? ALEX is tailored to your needs and interests. It may only take a few minutes or you can spend more time and get more detailed information. Remember, you do not need to complete your ALEX conversation in one sitting. If you provide ALEX with an email address, he will save your answers for your next visit.

Confidentiality!

The information that you enter into ALEX is completely confidential and is not shared in anyway. The only information collected is the number of employees in each Employment Category who visit ALEX, your institution and any feedback entered about your experience but we do not track who entered the comments.

Is a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Right for Me?

HDHPs are right for some, and not for others. Before enrolling for an HDHP, be sure you understand that you are financially responsible for all non-preventive medical expenses you incur, including prescriptions, until you reach the annual deductible. A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay for medical costs before your health insurance starts picking up a greater portion of the tab. So, for instance, if you’re in an HDHP with a $3,000 deductible, you’ll have to cover $3,000 in medical costs out of your own pocket before your insurance starts to pay benefits.

In addition, if you enroll in an HDHP, you are required to enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is an individually-owned, tax-advantaged savings account that you may use to pay for medical, dental, prescription and vision expenses for you, your spouse and qualifying dependents.

In order to enroll in an HDHP and an HSA, you must be eligible for both plans.

To learn more about whether an HDHP is right for you, we suggest that you review the following resources on the ABE website:

  • The Plan Design Options eLearning video, provided by the Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • An HDHP Questionnaire to see whether an HDHP is suitable for you