Annual Benefits Enrollment period runs Oct. 17 – Nov. 11

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period, October 17- November 11, is the only annual opportunity UW-Madison benefits-eligible employees have to make changes to most of their benefits unless they have an eligible family status or employment change during the year.  Changes made during the enrollment period are effective January 1, 2017. Employee Informational Sessions are being held during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period.


Do I Need to Do Anything During the Annual Benefits Enrollment Period?

Review your current benefits and the 2017 benefit plan changes.

Some plans require that you enroll each year to continue your participation.  If you are participating in one of these plans, you must enroll each year:

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) including Health Care FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) requires that you enroll every year you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
  • State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive

Visit the Annual Benefits Enrollment website where information will be posted as it becomes available.  The website will have details on what you need to know, including a list of State Group Health Insurance plans that will no longer be available in 2017.


Do you want to enroll or make changes to your medical, dental or vision coverage?

Do you want to contribute pre-tax dollars to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses?

Review all of the information available to you to assist in making your decisions.  You will receive an email from “UW System HR” just prior to the beginning of the enrollment period.  This email will include links to all the important sources of benefits information for 2017.  You may also receive benefits-related emails from your local benefits office throughout the enrollment period.


Once the Annual Benefits Enrollment period begins on October 17, you will be able to make your 2017 benefits elections using Self Service (eBenefits) on the MyUW portal. All enrollments and changes must be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016. Please see the eBenefits Readiness Guide and the eBenefits Quick Start Guide for more information on using Self Service (eBenefits).

For more information on benefit plans, premiums and how to enroll:

CALS will be hosting an open lab for eBenefits enrollment on Thursday, November 3 in Room 150 Animal Science Building, 1675 Observatory Drive, from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm. Feel free to drop-in to get answers to your personal questions and assist you with completing the eBenefits enrollment. Please bring all information required to enroll using eBenefits. No pre-registration is required.