HR News

Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) Period is Coming!
09/30/2013

Don't miss your once a year opportunity to enrollor make changes to your benefits!

The Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) period is October 7 -November 1, 2013 for all participating plans.

Detailed benefit information about the Annual BenefitEnrollment period will be provided on www.uwsa.edu/abeas it becomes available. You will receive an email from "UW HRAdministration" just prior to the beginning of the enrollment period. Youwill also receive benefits-related emails from Mary Kay Sankey (sankeym@uwstout.edu), your local benefits manager, throughout the enrollment period.

Attend Your Benefits Fair

You are invited to attend your annual benefits fair on Tuesday, October 8 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Merle Price Commons Glass Lounge. This isyour opportunity to meet with staff from the health plans and other benefitvendors. See the Health and Benefits Flyer for additional information.  See a full list of UW-sponsored benefit fairs at: www.uwsa.edu/abe/fairs.pdf.

Benefit Changes Allowed During the Annual BenefitEnrollment Period

You will be eligible to enroll in, make changes to or cancelthe following benefit plans during the ABE period:

·State Group HealthInsurance

·VSP Vision Insurance

·EPIC Benefits+

·Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) Program (Flexible Spending Accounts) - must re-enroll every year

The following plans allow you to make changes to yourcurrent coverage during the ABE period:

·Dental Wisconsin –remove dependents or cancel coverage

·Individual and FamilyLife Insurance – increase coverage level (maximum coverage levels areincreasing for 2014)

Important Notefor WEA Trust NW Health Plan Participants:

WEA Trust Northwest will offer two distinct providernetworks – the Chippewa Valley or the Mayo Health System. You must selectone network for yourself and any covered family members. Last week WEAsent a letter to the home address of all current participants explaining thenetwork options along with instructions to choose your network. You canuse the online selection form at weatrust.com/northwestor call WEA at 800-279-4000to choose your preferred network for you and your family. Participants who do not respond to WEA byselecting a network will be placed in the network indicated in the letter basedon the providers they have seen in the past.