The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is from October 2- October 27, 2017.
IMPORTANT: The information on this website is for coverage that is effective in 2017.
Review the ABE website to learn more about changes to benefits for 2018 (including premiums) and to find out which changes you can make during this period.
This is also where you can meet ALEX, a new resource that can be your personalized benefits counselor!
Plan Design Summary
The HDHP plan design provides the same Uniform Benefits package and health plans (insurance carriers) as the Health Plan design. The difference is that this plan design has a higher deductible and out-of-pocket limits.
An HDHP health plan does not pay any health care costs, including prescriptions, until the annual deductible has been met (with the exception of preventive services and prescriptions mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). After the annual deductible has been met, you will be responsible for office visit copays and applicable coinsurance on non-office visit services, up to the annual out-of-pocket limit.
In exchange for increased cost sharing, this plan design offers a lower monthly premium cost and is paired with a required Health Savings Account (HSA) to help pay your out-of-pocket costs. If you enroll in an HDHP health plan, you must also enroll in the HSA administered by TASC.
- Uniform Dental benefits may be added for a minimal cost.
- You can compare the HDHP plan design to the other plan designs to determine if it will meet your medical needs.
To see if this may be the right plan design option for you, take this survey.
You are eligible for an HDHP health plan if you meet the following requirements:
- You are eligible for the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefit package, and
- You are eligible for the Health Savings Account (HSA).
If you enroll in the HDHP, you must also enroll in the HSA. Therefore, you must be eligible for both plans.
Note: Employees who are eligible for the Graduate Assistant benefit package ARE NOT eligible for the HDHP plan design.
See How To Choose Your Group Health Insurance for more information.
Uniform Benefits refers to the schedule of benefits that are provided by each health plan (insurance carrier) under both the Health Plan and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) plan designs. All health plans (insurance carriers) in these plan designs administer the same schedule of benefits, you can decide which plan to select on the basis of:
- Quality and member satisfaction
- Access to specific physicians or other health care providers
- Referral policies
Uniform Benefits does not mean that all plans will treat all illnesses in an identical manner. Treatment will vary depending on the needs of the patient, the providers involved and the managed care policies and procedures of each health plan.
In general, routine preventive and wellness medical services will be covered at 100%, even if you have not met the deductible. Here is a list of preventive care services, as identified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
For non-preventive care, you must meet the annual deductible before the plan will provide Uniform Benefits coverage. This means that you will be responsible for paying the total costs of all medically necessary services until you meet the deductible, including prescriptions. Once you meet the deductible, Uniform Benefits will take effect and you will pay either an office visit copay or coinsurance on other medically necessary care until you reach the annual out-of-pocket limit.
Deductible: $1,500 Single/ $3,000 Family
The HDHP plan design has a non-embedded deductible. This means that if you have Family coverage, the full family deductible must be met before services are covered for any individual. This deductible includes both medical services and prescription drug benefits and applies to the annual out-of-pocket limit.
Once your deductible has been met, you will pay:
- $15 copay for office visits
- $25 copay for specialty office visits (includes specialty providers, urgent care, vision exam)
- $75 copay for emergency room visits (waived, if admitted). Deductible and coinsurance applies to services beyond the copay.
- 10% coinsurance on most services except for office visits
See the Guide to Office Visit Copays for more information on office visit charges.
Out-of-Pocket Limit: $2,500 Single/ $5,000 Family
The annual out-of-pocket limit for the HDHP plan design includes both medical and prescription drug expenses. Once you reach your annual out-of-pocket limit, the plan pays 100% of most covered benefits for the rest of the year.
For a detailed list of covered benefits, see the.
Prescription drug coverage is included in all health plan designs at no additional cost and is provided by Navitus Health Solutions. Under the HDHP plan design, you will be responsible for paying the total costs of prescriptions until you meet the deductible.
After you meet the deductible, you will be required to pay either a copay or coinsurance when you buy prescription drugs which is determined by the level of the drug. All covered prescription drugs (Rx) fall into one of four cost-sharing levels, including Level 1 for most generic drugs and Levels 2, 3 and 4 for most brand-name drugs.
To determine what you would pay for prescription drugs, see the Comparison of Pharmacy Benefits.
Uniform Dental provides coverage for diagnostic, preventive and restorative services (such as fillings). It does not include coverage for major dental services such as crowns, root canals or implants. Uniform Dental benefits are administered by Delta Dental of Wisconsin and may be added on to your health insurance coverage for a minimal cost.
Click here to learn more about Uniform Dental benefits.
For State Group Health Insurance premiums, see the Premiums page.
Forms & Resources
For all State Group Health Insurance forms and resources, click here.
last updated: 7/10/2017
Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.