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Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period is October 2 – October 27, 2017.

You will not be able to make any changes until October 2, 2017.
All elections must be submitted by October 27, 2017 by 4:30 P.M.
Changes are effective January 1, 2018.
What is Annual Benefits Enrollment?
The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is an annual opportunity for eligible employees to enroll in or make changes to select benefit plans for the upcoming year.

This is the only time during the year when you are eligible to make benefit plans changes to most plans unless you have a life event (e.g. family or employment change) that allows you to change your benefits.

Changes made during this period will be effective January 1, 2018.

This website will contain information about benefit opportunities and changes for 2018. For information about current UW System benefits (2017), please visit the Employee Benefits Website.
What's Changing for 2018?
Review the overall changes/updates via the PowerPoint presentation here: ABE Presentation 2018

Specific health plans will not be offered in 2018.

If you currently have one of the plans that are ending, you must select a new plan during this open enrollment period.

Click here for details on the health changes for 2018:

Transitioning Care with a New Health Plan: Transitioning Care – New Health Plan

Click here for the 2018 Health Plan Map and Directories:

Click here for the 2018 Premium updates:

Changes allowed during ABE:

ETF It’s Your Choice Health Decision Guide:

Q & A 2018 Health Plan Changes (geared towards the SE WI counties but for the most part the same information applies to employees in this area): Q&A 2018 Health Plan Changes

All other updates and information for 2018 can be found here:
How to Enroll or Make Changes
Click here for how to enroll or make changes:

High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Enrollment Requirement:
Employees who enroll in HDHP must provide updated coverage information in the Personnel Information module on the My UW System portal. Please review annually!

Guided instructions can be found here:

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA):
You can now enroll via the My UW System self-service process for all FSA plans.

You must enroll in the Health Savings Accounts (HSA) each year if you enroll in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). You are responsible for ensuring your eligibility for the HSA. TASC is the administrator of this plan. Note: Do not enroll directly with TASC
Introducing ALEX: Your Personalized Benefits Counselor

ALEX explains all your options in plain English, and helps you choose the plans that make the most sense for you and your family.

In an effort to make the Annual Benefits Enrollment period less stressful for current employees, UW System is introducing this new online tool for anyone who wants a better understanding of the comprehensive benefits offered at the UW System.

ALEX will ask you a series of questions to walk you through benefits offerings and suggest appropriate plans based on your answers. It is UW System’s hope that a conversation with ALEX will educate you while helping you make sound, informed decisions about benefits.

ALEX is now available! Visit him here:

Benefits Fair

The benefits fair is a time to meet with health care providers and other insurance company representatives; It is your time to ask questions from the vendors that administer your coverage.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  
Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom, 227 A/B

If you are unable to attend the Benefits Fair at UW Oshkosh check out the other fairs at other institutions across Wisconsin:
In-Person Informational Presentations

These presentations are held by the UW Oshkosh Human Resources Benefits Specialists. Come and hear first hand the changes that are taking place. You do not need to RSVP to attend.

Powerpoint: ABE Presentation 2018

Note: Hard copies of the presentation will not be provided

Presentation Date



Wednesday, October 4

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Sage 4232

Thursday, October 5

4:20pm – 5:50pm

Sage 4232

Friday, October 6

8:00am – 9:30am

Sage 4232

Wednesday, October 11

10:00am – 11:30am

Sage 4232

Open Lab Assistance

These open lab sessions are first come first serve opportunities to gain assistance with completing the self-service online enrollment/change processes.

This is not a time to learn about the changes; this is a time to gain assistance with the changes you wish to make or ask personal questions.

You will be required to provide the following information in Self Service, so make sure to have this information handy:

  • Dependent names, social security numbers, and birthdates
  • Copy of health insurance card (if you have other health insurance coverage)

NOTE: The lab is open for walk-ins at any time during the lab periods. No RSVP is required. Note that you may have to wait for assistance depending on the number of individuals at the time of your arrival.

Open Lab Date



Tuesday, October 10

11:30am – 1:30pm

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement

Thursday, October 19

3:00pm – 6:00pm

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement

Friday, October 20

9:00am – 11:00am

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement

Monday, October 23

1:00pm – 3:00pm

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement

Wednesday, October 25

12:30pm – 3:30pm

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement

Thursday, October 26

7:00am – 9:00am

IDEA Lab, Polk 7 basement


Deadline to enroll/make changes is Friday, October 27, 2017 by 4:30pm.


UW System ABE website:

UW System ABE Resources ‘Shop’:

Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) It’s Your Choice website:

  Phone:  (920) 424-1166

  Fax: (920) 424- 2021


Monday - Friday 7:45AM - 4:30PM

  Dempsey Hall 328
800 Algoma Blvd. 
Oshkosh, WI 54901