Benefits & wellness resources

Employee Benefits

The University of Wisconsin (UW) System offers a comprehensive benefits package to meet the diverse needs of our community. The University contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. This is a valuable piece of employees total rewards package. Other plans offer favorable group rates and convenient payroll deduction to employees. Some health and life insurance premiums are taken from salary on a pre-tax basis, saving employees money. Learn more.

Benefits at a Glance

Below is a brief description of the benefits offered at UW-La Crosse. Click the heading for more information including eligibility, plan costs, etc. Some benefits programs offered at UW-La Crosse vary slightly based on employee type. It is helpful to know your appointment percentage and employee type to make the best use of these benefits information.

Medical, dental, and vision insurance expanding section

State Group Health Insurance offers comprehensive medical and prescription drug coverage to eligible employees and their family members. The State Group Health Insurance program offers four plan designs to select from. Pharmacy benefits are included in each plan design at no additional cost. Uniform Dental benefits may be added on for a minimal cost. Some WRS-eligible employees may also be eligible for an opt-out incentive if they choose not to enroll in state group life.

Dental Wisconsin is a supplemental dental plan that offers comprehensive dental coverage. Dental Wisconsin offers two plan options, providing you and your family the opportunity to utilize a broad network and choose a dental benefit that meets your needs.

VSP Vision Insurance is a supplemental vision plan. Benefits include one vision examination and one set of corrective lenses per calendar year and one set of frames every other calendar year.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) are voluntary programs that allow you to establish accounts to reimburse certain expenses, including medical, dental, and child care expenses. These accounts allow for pre-tax payroll savings.

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (or Exchange) 

is an option for individuals to obtain private health insurance. The UW System is required to provide all employees with a notice of the availability of the Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Notice also includes required information on health insurance coverage available through your employment at the UW System. Please take a few moments to review your Marketplace Notice.

Life, disability, and accident insurance expanding section

State Group LifeIndividual and Family Group Life, and UW Employees, Inc. Life are the three voluntary life insurance plans available to most UW-La Crosse employees.  Each has a unique premium/coverage table based on age and/or income.

University Insurance Association (UIA) Life is a life insurance program that carries one annual deduction and is mandatory for those faculty and academic staff employees who qualify.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) is voluntary coverage that pays benefits for accidental death or dismemberment injuries.

Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) is a voluntary disability insurance program that provides you with income while you are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to short- and long-term disabilities.  Premiums are based on salary and university contribution to premiums is dependent upon waiting period selected (faculty and academic staff) and accumulated sick leave balance (university staff). 

Retirement & savings plans expanding section

Detailed information about retirement and savings programs available to UW-La Crosse employees can be found by clicking the headings below.

Are you an employee looking to retire? Refer to UW System website for specific information on benefits at retirement.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

The WRS provides retirement (pension) benefits to most UW System and other Wisconsin state employees. WRS eligible employees will have automatic contributions deducted pre-tax from their earnings.

Tax-sheltered annuity 403(b) program (TSA)

The TSA program is an optional supplemental retirement savings program in which employees set up an account with their choice of participating vendors. All university employees, including students and graduate assistants, are eligible to participate, regardless of appointment percentage.

Wisconsin deferred compensation program (WDC)

The WDC is an optional supplemental retirement savings program administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). All university employees, including students and graduate assistants are eligible to participate, regardless of appointment percentage.

Social Security and Medicare

All employees except most student employees are covered by social security and medicare and will be automatically taxed for these benefits.

Edvest College Savings Plan

Edvest allows individuals to save for their child's college education. Contributions to Edvest cannot be made through payroll deduction.

Leave benefits expanding section

UW-La Crosse offers a variety of paid leave including sick leave, personal holiday, legal holiday, and vacation to eligible employees. Leave time allocated is dependent upon employee type and appointment percentage. For more information about leave time feel free to contact Human Resources. 

Other benefits expanding section

Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling sessions for employees.

Parking permits for commuter lots are available to employees and can be purchased with pre-tax payroll deductions.

U-Pass allows employees to purchase an annual MTU bus pass with pre-tax payroll deductions.

The LifeSuite program offers travel assistance, legal services, beneficiary financial counseling, and legacy planning services to all active, WRS-eligible, State of Wisconsin employees. The program is free of charge and no enrollment is required.

Employee education assistance allows eligible employees to apply to receive reimbursement for one job-related or career-related course per term.

Edvest college savings plan allows you to save for your child's college education (payroll deduction not available).

New employee benefits information expanding section

The information contained in these summaries is more in-depth than the summaries linked above and will help you learn more about the benefits offered at UWL. There are many helpful resources and links to assist you in determining the best plans for you. Be sure to view the summary specific to your position. 

Faculty and academic staff 
University staff 
Graduate assistants and short-term academic staff


 

Benefits and Wellness Additional Resources

Benefit vendor contacts expanding section

Health insurance providers

State Group Health insurance

State Group Health prescription coverage 

  • Navitus, 1-866-333-2757
  • Prescription mail order benefit: Serve You, 1-800-481-4940

Life Insurance Providers

Securian Plans (formerly known as Minnesota Life)

State Group Life, 1-866-295-8690 (ETF Administrator)

Individual & Family Life, 1-866-295-8690, policy number 32871-G

UW Employees, Inc., 1-866-295-8690, policy number 33977-G

University Insurance Association (UIA), 1-866-295-8690, policy number 32872-G

Zurich Plan

Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Zurich, 1-800-382-2150, policy number GTU8364005

Dental & Major Medical providers

Uniform & Supplemental Dental Plans

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider

FEI 1-866-274-4723

FSA and HSA provider

Connect Your Care, customer service: 833-881-8158

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) for medical and dependent care
  • Health savings account (HSA) for high deductible health plan subscribers
  • Limited flexible spending account (LFSA) for high deductible health plan subscribers

Vision insurance providers

Vision Service Plan (VSP), 1-800-877-7195
*Note: if creating an online account with VSP, your member ID is your Employee ID with an additional leading "0". 

Disability benefit providers

Income Contiuation Insurance (ICI)

  • Aetna, Inc. (Claims), 1-800-960-0052, fax: 1-866-667-1987
  • Employee Trust Funds (Administrator), 1-877-533-5020, fax: 608-267-4549

WRS long-term disability retirement

Financial planning services

Long-term care insurance

Retirement investment plans

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

Tax-sheltered annuity 403(b) program

Deferred compensation 457(b) program

Benefits consultants