2019 News Archive

Reminder: March 31 Deadline for Filing 2018 Flexible Spending Account Claims

Employees enrolled in the Health Care, Limited Purpose and/or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for the 2018 plan year have until March 31, 2019 to submit claims to TASC, the FSA administrator, for reimbursement.

FSA claims may be submitted as follows:

For efficient processing, remember to include the appropriate IRS required supporting documentation with your claim(s) submission.

Carryover Reminder: Up to $500 of unused funds in a 2018 Health Care FSA may carry over into a 2019 Health Care or Limited Purpose FSA account (even if you did not enroll in the FSA during the 2019 Annual Benefits Enrollment period). Unused funds greater than $500 on March 31, 2019 will be forfeited.

There is no carryover provision for the Dependent Day Care FSA.

For questions, contact TASC at 1-844-786-3947 or 1customercare@tasconline.com.

Source: UW System Human Resources

ALEX: Your Personalized Benefits Counselor

The UW System used ALEX for the fall, 2019 Annual Benefits Enrolllment (ABE) period. The ABE period has ended for 2019; however, ALEX is here to stay!

ALEX, your personalized benefits counselor, can help you understand the benefits plans and options that are offered to you and your family. Whether you’re a new employee or have been with the UW System for several years, ALEX is available to anyone at anytime. Even if you don’t have a current enrollment opportunity, ALEX can be a helpful tool. For example, have you thought about making your dental appointments for 2019? Visit ALEX to determine how services will be covered under the dental plan you selected for 2019.

ALEX reflects the 2019 benefit plans and premiums. Additionally, ALEX includes information about the life insurance plans, Income Continuation Insurance, the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and the supplemental retirement plans [Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC)].

We hope you will make it a habit to visit ALEX with your basic benefit plan questions.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Telemedicine Available to State Group Health Subscribers

Have you ever wished you could seek basic medical care from the comfort of your own home?
If so, the telemedicine/telehealth (used interchangeably) services added to the State Group Health Insurance Program effective January 1, 2019 may allow you to do so.

What is telemedicine/telehealth?
The remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of electronic communication. This means that for non-emergent medical care, you may be able to access care through video chat or a virtual house call. Through telemedicine, a doctor may be able to recommend treatment, prescribe medication, refer you to a specialist or tell you, based on your symptoms, if you should see a doctor in-person. Note: These services vary among the carriers in the State Group Health Insurance Program.

Why should you consider telemedicine services?
With telemedicine services, you may receive care quicker and it may be more convenient than going to your doctor’s office or to urgent care. They are also typically less expensive than an office visit or urgent care visit.

How will your telemedicine/telehealth service be covered by your State Group Health Insurance?
How the service is covered will depend on which plan design you are enrolled in.

  • Health Plan: If you are enrolled in this plan, telemedicine services are covered at 100%.
  • High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP): If you are enrolled in the HDHP, you will need to meet your deductible first, then these services will be covered at 100%. This is necessary in order to comply with Health Savings Account (HSA) eligibility requirements as well as the coverage mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

How can you obtain additional information regarding telemedicine services?
Generally, health plans offer telemedicine services through their online portals. If you’re unable to find telemedicine information through your health insurance plans online portal, contact your health insurance plan directly by calling the tollfree number on your health plan ID card.

Source: UW System Human Resources

America Saves Week, February 25 – March 1, 2019

America Saves Week registration is open!

America Saves Week, a national campaign encouraging savings and financial planning, is February 25 – March 1, 2019. The University of Wisconsin is promoting the America Saves Week campaign and has many resources and events planned to promote financial wellness and help UW employees expand their financial knowledge.

Take a look at the UW System’s America Saves Week website which lists all of the events planned at UW institutions. Events may include on-site workshops, live webinars, counseling sessions, and credit consultations. Events are presented by the Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) providers – Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, TIAA, Ameriprise and Lincoln – along with financial institutions such as Summit Credit Union and UW Credit Union. All events are at no cost to you – but you must register!

America Saves Week will keep you motivated with information, tips, and reminders to help you reach your financial goals. The America Saves Week campaign is an opportunity to commit—or recommit—to saving for today and for the future. Saving is more than just a good idea. It’s possible!

Source: UW System Human Resources

Employee Assistance Program Webinars

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by FEI, provides UW employees and members of their household with confidential resources to address personal and/or work-related concerns. EAP services are offered at no cost to employees.

The 2019 Monthly Webinar Series is open for registration. Click here for webinar information and registration.

Next Webinar: Recognizing and Understanding Implicit Bias

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Central Standard Time

Description: Discover where biases come from, and how they impact behavior as you learn to evolve your understanding of self and others.

Registration: Registration is required. Click here to register. Follow the individual links on each webinar for registration.  Note: Employees must attend a webinar on their own time or consult with their supervisor for approval to attend.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Well Wisconsin Program 2019 Updates

Employees and spouses currently enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program are eligible for an annual $150 wellness incentive (administered by StayWell). A Well Wisconsin webinar highlighting features of the 2019 program will be offered on Wednesday, February 13 from 12-12:30 pm. To register, visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com.

To earn the $150 incentive, participants are required to complete three activities by October 11, 2019:

  1. Submit 2019 health screening results.
  2. Take the StayWell health assessment.
  3. Complete a StayWell well-being activity.

There are two new well-being activities being offered in 2019:

  • Sleep Well is a challenge to support participants with improving their overall sleep. It requires completing an eight-week challenge and post-assessment.
  • Short digital workshops which include an article, short video and quiz. Completing one workshop counts as a well-being activity.

For more information about the Well Wisconsin program, scheduling a health screening, taking the health assessment, well-being activities and the StayWell mobile app, visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com, or contact the StayWell HelpLine at 800-821-6591.

Throughout 2019, StayWell will send emails and home mailers to employees with information about the program.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Updated Income Continuation Insurance Premiums Effective February 1, 2019

Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) premiums are updated annually on February 1. Updated premiums for University Staff (paid bi-weekly) will be reflected on the February 14, 2019 paycheck. Updated ICI premiums for Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (paid monthly) will be reflected on the March 1, 2019 paycheck.

If you are currently enrolled in the ICI program, visit the ICI Premium Notice web page for your personalized updated premium amount. Current enrollees were sent an email January 18 directing them to this customized web page.

Several factors determine your premium amount:

  • For University Staff: the ICI premium is based on 2018 earnings reported to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), sick leave balance/usage as of December 22, 2018 and current ICI category.
  • For Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees: the ICI premium is based on 2018 WRS-reported earnings and the selected ICI elimination period.

Please note: The ICI annual premium update effective February 1 is based on 2018 earnings and does not reflect any enrollments made during the ICI Deferred Enrollment period which began in January and ends March 1, 2019. Employees who are eligible to participate in the ICI Deferred Enrollment period received notification about their opportunity via an email sent January 19.

A complete list of ICI premiums and plan information is available on the ICI plan page. If you have questions, contact your human resources office.

Source: UW Service Center

Income Continuation Insurance Deferred Enrollment Available Through March 1, 2019 for Eligible Employees

The Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) program is an ‘income replacement’ benefit plan that replaces up to 75% of your gross salary if you are unable to work due to a short or long-term disability.

If you are not currently enrolled in ICI, you may be able to enroll during the Annual ICI Deferred Enrollment opportunity through March 1, 2019. If you are currently enrolled in the ICI plan and have Standard ICI coverage, you may be eligible for Supplemental ICI coverage. Eligible employees were notified by email on January 18 from the UW System HR (uwsystemhr@uwsa.edu) email address.

Please see the Income Continuation Insurance section of the UW System Employee Benefits website for more information regarding eligibility and income continuation insurance benefits.

To apply for coverage through the Deferred Enrollment opportunity, you must complete an Income Continuation Insurance Application (ET-2307) and return it to your human resources office on or before March 1, 2019. ICI coverage elected through deferred enrollment will be effective April 1, 2019.

If you have questions, contact your human resources office.

Source: UW Service Center

W-2 Forms (Wage and Tax Statements) Now Available Online

The 2018 W-2 Forms (Wage and Tax Statements) are now available online.  Employees who did not elect ‘electronic consent only’ by January 11, 2019 will also receive a paper copy of the W-2 mailed to them via U.S. mail by January 31, 2019.

View and Print the 2018 W-2-Form: View/print 2018 W-2 Form

  1. To access your W-2 Form online, you must be connected to a University of Wisconsin network either directly or through VPN.
  2. Log into the MyUW portal for UW System institutions or for UW-Madison.
  3. On the Payroll Information tile click the Tax Statements button.
  4. On the Tax Statements page, click the red View 2018 W-2 button.
  5. Before accessing your W-2 Form, you will be required to:
    • Enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
    • Enter your date of birth
    • Check the ‘I agree’ box and click SAVE
    • Click the Next button in the upper right corner. The next button will not appear until the information you have entered is verified by the system.
  6. Your 2018 W-2 Form includes your Social Security number. Use caution when printing your W-2 in a ‘public’ environment. Do not send your W-2 Form via email.
  7. Once you have viewed/printed your W-2, close your browser before exiting the page.

Important: If the values you enter in the identify fields do not match those found in the HR system, you will receive an error message. Please contact your HR/Payroll office to validate these fields. You will have three attempts before a 1 hour lockout occurs, and your page is disabled. After 6 unsuccessful attempts, you will be hard-locked out of the system, and you will need to contact your IT helpdesk for assistance.

If you experience an issue viewing your W-2 Form, see help with pop-up blockers. To view and print 2017 W-2 Forms (or earlier years), see: View/print 2017 W-2 Forms 2017 (or earlier years)

Availability of Other Tax Forms (1095-C, 1042-S, Fellowship/Scholarship Letter)
Some employees will also receive additional tax forms from the University (1095-C, 1042-S, Fellowship/Scholarship Letter). The 1095-C Form will be available online in late January. Employees who did not elect ‘electronic consent only’ by January 11, 2019 will also receive a paper copy of the 1095-C Form mailed to them via U.S. mail by January 31, 2019.

The 1042-S Forms will be available online in the MyUW portal in March. Employees who have chosen electronic delivery through the Glacier System may have access to their forms earlier; others will have them mailed to their home address. The Fellowship Letter is typically available in February.

Filing Your Taxes
Employees should use their W-2 Form, not their final 2018 earnings statement, to file taxes. Some employees have had adjustments made to their 2018 taxable earnings since the last 2018 payroll was paid. These employees may have an additional earnings statement generated reflecting these adjustments. These adjustments will already be reflected on the W-2 Form that the employee receives.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin accepting returns on January 29, 2019 for the 2018 tax filing season. Employees may want to consider filing their return as soon as all tax forms are received to minimize the chance of a fraudulent return being processed using their Social Security number, or Individual Tax Payer Identification number. More information is available on the IRS website.

Additional Resources

If you have questions, contact your Payroll office.

Source: UW Service Center

Save the Date! America Saves Week February 25 – March 1, 2019

America Saves Week is coming soon! UW System is encouraging your financial wellness by promoting the America Saves Week campaign, which encourages individuals and families to save for their financial goals! Visit the UW System America Saves Week website for more information.  Registration for these no-cost events opens Monday, February 4!

Source: UW System Human Resources

Saving 1% More

Many financial planners recommend that you should be saving 15% of your annual income for retirement - are you?

If you are, great!

If not, 15% may seem a little intimidating, but don't worry, there are easy ways you can begin increasing how much you save for retirement without breaking the bank. Consider increasing your UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) contribution by 1%. With this increase you may hardly notice a change in your take-home pay, BUT it could translate to tens of thousands of dollars to use in retirement (depending on future market values).

If you are eligible, your Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefit is a great tool in saving for retirement, but contributing to the UW TSA can also help.

If you are already contributing to the UW TSA and want to see how you are doing in saving for retirement, sign up for an individual counseling session with your provider. You can do this by visiting Counseling Sessions under the Education section of the UW TSA website.

If you are not currently contributing to the UW TSA Program, there is no time like the present to enroll! Visit the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) website for information on the plan and on how to enroll.

Source: UW System Human Resources