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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I saw there was a double deduction for my health insurance on my paycheck. Is this a mistake?
Q. I recently got married, how can I add my spouse to my health insurance?
Q. I have VSP insurance but have not received my card(s), when can I expect these?
Q. I recently added a new child to my family due to birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, how can I add the child(ren) to my health insurance?
Q. What happens if I leave the WRS before my earliest retirement age? Do I have to withdraw my retirement account?
• take a separation benefit (take a lump sum refund of contributions plus interest); or
• if you are vested, wait until you reach age 55 (50) or later and apply for a retirement benefit, which is based on both employer and employee contributions.
In the past, I worked in a position covered under the WRS, but I left my job and withdrew my funds. Is there any way I can get back the creditable service I forfeited when I withdrew my money from the retirement system?
Yes, if you are currently employed under the WRS and meet the eligibility criteria you can buy back your creditable service. Please refer to the Buying Creditable Service (ET-4121) brochure for detailed information about the eligibility requirements and the cost of buying back your forfeited service.
Q. When do I request retirement benefit estimates, and when do I apply?
Q. When must I apply for Medicare?
Medicare Part A
Most people become eligible for Medicare upon reaching age 65. If you or your spouse are actively working when you become eligible, you may want to consider enrolling in Medicare Part A as it may cover hospital services if your health plan denies them. There is no premium for Medicare Part A.
Medicare Part B
The requirement to enroll in Medicare Part B coverage is deferred for active employees and their dependents until the subscriber's termination of their WRS-covered employment, through which active employee health insurance coverage is provided. If you have terminated employment, or are a surviving dependent, or a continuant and are eligible for coverage under the federal Medicare program, you must immediately enroll in both Part A and Part B of Medicare unless you are otherwise employed and have health insurance coverage through that employment. If you do not enroll for all available portions of Medicare upon retirement, you may be liable for the portions of your claims that Medicare would have paid beginning on the date Medicare coverage would have become effective. If you or your insured spouse are insured as an active employee under a non-state group plan, enrollment in Medicare may be deferred until retirement from that job. Health insurance premiums will not be reduced until the employee retires and Medicare pays as primary.
Q. How long will I have insurance if I terminate employment with the UW?
• If you have less than 20 years of WRS creditable service, coverage may continue for up to 18 months
• If you have at least 20 years of WRS creditable service, coverage may continue for life.
Q. I just turned 26 and lost my health insurance, can I enroll in the State Group Health plan?
Q. Do we offer Long Term Care Insurance?
Q. What benefit does sick leave provide at retirement?
In accordance with the University's Financial and Administrative Policy #29, Section IV(H), the hourly rate of pay is calculated by dividing your highest monthly rate of base salary by 174 hours.If you have 15 or more years of University service, additional supplemental sick leave credits are added to the balance, based on your years of service and program maximums.
For example: A faculty member retires after 20 years of service with 1500 hours of sick leave accumulation. An additional 1040 hours are credited as a result of the Supplemental Sick Leave Credits. The total hours, 2540, are multiplied by the faculty member's highest hourly rate of pay which results in "credits" to pay state group health insurance after retirement.
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