Health Plan Changes for 2018

The Group Insurance Board met on August 30, 2017 and approved the following health plan changes to the 2018 State Group Health Insurance program. If you are affected by these changes, please watch for information from your current health plan between now and the Annual Benefits Enrollment period from October 2 – 27, 2017 for 2018 coverage.

The following health plans have elected not to participate in the program in 2018:

  • Anthem Blue Preferred Northeast
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Health Tradition Health Plan
  • Humana Eastern and Western
  • UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin

If you are currently enrolled in one of the plans listed, you will be required to select a new health plan during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period. Additional information on these changes and steps you will need to take will be sent to you.

In order to assist you in choosing a new health plan for 2018, in the Resources section below a map with health plan carriers available by county can be accessed.

Other Plan Changes

Network Health Northeast and Network Health Southeast will combine into Network Health to offer one coverage area. Participants will be auto-enrolled in the new combined plan, Network Health, unless they select a different plan during open enrollment.

Gundersen Health Plan, Physicians Plus and Unity Health Insurance will be offered under the name "Quartz". Participants of these plans will be auto-enrolled in either Quartz-Community or Quartz-UW Health and can select a different plan during open enrollment. You will see Quartz-Community or Quartz-UW listed as your health plan in Self Service during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period.

WEA Trust will replace WPS as the new administrator of the Access Plan and the State Maintenance Plan (SMP) for 2018. Participants will be auto-enrolled in the same plan with WEA Trust, unless they select a different plan during open enrollment.

Health Plans Being Offered in 2018

The Group Insurance Board approved the following health plan carriers to be available in 2018:

Health Plan and High Deductible Health Plan:

  • Dean Health Insurance and Dean Health Insurance-Prevea360
  • Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
  • Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • HealthPartners Health Plan
  • Medical Associates Health Plans
  • MercyCare Health Plans
  • Network Health
  • Security Health Plan – Central and Valley
  • Quartz – Community and UW Health (formerly Gundersen, Physicians Plus and Unity)
  • WEA Trust – East, Northwest Chippewa Valley and Mayo Clinic Health System

Access Plan, Access High Deductible Health Plan and State Maintenance Plan (SMP):

  • WEA Trust


Click here for a health plan map to see which health plans are available in your county for 2018.

It is important to review the provider directory of the health plan you select to ensure that your preferred providers are covered.  Click here for a list of health plan provider directories.


 If you have questions, please contact your human resources office.

Source: UW System Human Resources

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