The UW System provides additional benefit programs to eligible employees outside of the traditional “insurance” benefits. See below for more information.
Employees with a half time or greater appointment are eligible to be reimbursed for up to 100% of the cost of one course (up to 5 credits) per semester at any state accredited public or private higher educational institution. Coursework at a UW System institution is encouraged. Employees must receive prior authorization from their supervisor. Approval will rely on the potential for the employee’s increase in knowledge and skills and availability of department funding. For more information on career-related educational reimbursement, see UW System Administrative Policy 210 (SYS 210): Educational Assistance for Faculty & Staff.
Edvest, Wisconsin's 529 College Savings Plan, allows you to save for your child's K-12 education expenses and post-high school education. Funds can cover tuition, books, room and board, computers, tablets, and many other expenses at universities, colleges, professional schools, technical colleges, and graduate programs across the country and even at some institutions abroad.
The program offers low fees, a low minimum contribution of $15 per pay period, and can provide tax deductions for Wisconsin residents (limitations apply). UW System employees are also able to direct deposit from their payroll.
For more information and to set up an account, visit the Edvest website.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) information has moved. In the left hand menu, click Wellness Resources then Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The Lifestyle Benefits Program, through Securian Financial, offers legal, financial and grief resources, travel assistance, legacy planning resources and beneficiary financial counseling to all active, State of Wisconsin employees. The program is offered free of charge and no enrollment is required. Beneficiary financial counseling is only available if you are enrolled in State Group Life Insurance.
Legal Services are available to all State of Wisconsin employees (active or retired), along with their spouse and eligible dependents. The program provides access to attorneys nationwide for consultation on simple wills, estate planning and other legal issues. For more information go to LifeBenefits.com/lfg (username: lfg password: resources) or call 1-877-849-6034.
Travel Assistance is available to all active State of Wisconsin employees, spouse and their eligible dependents. Travel Assistance provides access to pre-trip planning and emergency services when traveling 100 or more miles away from home. Services include: information on passport, visa, immunization requirements, updated currency conversion information, assistance in cases of lost luggage, identity theft support if your wallet or purse are lost or stolen. For more information, go to LifeBenefits.com/travel or call 1-855-516-5433 in the U.S. or Canada. From other locations, call collect +1 (415) 484-4677.
Legacy Planning Services are available to all State of Wisconsin employees (active or retired), along with their spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependents. The program provides access to online information designed to help individuals and families work through end-of-life issues when dealing with the loss of a loved one or planning for their own passing. For more information go to Securian.com/legacy.
Beneficiary Financial Counseling is available to beneficiaries who receive at least $25,000 in State Group Life claim benefits. Counseling resources are provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and are designed to help families make sound financial decisions at a difficult time. Beneficiaries will receive notification of this service upon payment of a claim.
For more information on the Lifestyle Benefits program click here.
Long-Term Care Insurance covers services that are typically not covered by health insurance but are vital for the patient, such as assistance with activities of daily living (e.g. walking, eating, bathing). This type of insurance provides financial protection from the rising costs of long-term care. Coverage for care in non-institutional settings, such as assisted living, adult day care, and in-home care, is also available.
Long-Term Care Insurance is available to employees, employee's spouse, employee's parents and employee's spouse's parents. Anyone covered by the plan must live in Wisconsin.
Active employees may apply for coverage at any time. There is no open enrollment period since each application is subject to medical underwriting. Some illnesses or pre-existing conditions may make employees ineligible for coverage. However, once the policy is issued, coverage will not be limited or exclude any pre-existing conditions or illnesses. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) publishes a free Guide to Long-Term Care (PI-047) to help you evaluate your needs and rights. You may contact OCI at (800) 236-8517 to request a copy. If you are interested in a long-term care insurance policy, refer to the information in the Insurance Carriers section below.
Premiums are determined age, health and the level of coverage selected. Employees pay the full premium for this insurance; there is no employer contribution. Premium payments can be made by:
- Automatic transfer from bank account
- Direct billing
- Payroll deduction (employee coverage only – you must notify your payroll office of any premium changes)
Under federal law, long-term care premiums may not be taken on a pre-tax basis.
Mutual of Omaha offers long-term care insurance (LTCi) to new enrollees. For questions about new and existing Mutual of Omaha policies, contact:
HealthChoice Insurance Solutions - Long-Term Care
583 D'Onofrio Drive, Suite 101
Madison, WI 53719
Other long-term care insurance policies were previously offered through United of Omaha, Transamerica and John Hancock. Employees may no longer enroll with these insurance carriers; however, if employees have an existing policy and have questions about coverage, they should contact the carrier directly.
For additional information on long-term care insurance, click here.
Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. Information on this page does not guarantee enrollment, benefits and/or the ability to make changes to your benefits.