WELS VEBA Enrollment

Onboarding a new worker or helping a worker make a change to their WELS VEBA coverage? Please visit this page for information.

Open enrollment

This year’s open enrollment will be held from Friday, November 1 through Monday, December 2, 2019.

This open enrollment will be a full open enrollment, meaning that eligible workers at WELS and ELS sponsoring organizations, including organizations that do not currently participate in WELS VEBA, will have the opportunity to enroll for WELS VEBA Medical Benefits effective January 1, 2020.

During this open enrollment, workers who are enrolled in WELS VEBA Medical Benefits will have the opportunity to add or remove eligible family members and/or change to a different deductible option. Eligible workers who are not enrolled will have the opportunity to enroll themselves and eligible family members for new WELS VEBA Medical Benefits.

Please note: Open enrollments are held at the discretion of the WELS VEBA Commission and are not guaranteed to occur every year. Please carefully consider this opportunity to enroll in WELS VEBA.

What do I need to do?

We encourage you to support your workers during the upcoming open enrollment. The checklist below lists several important items for your organization to consider over the next few months:

  • Inform workers of your organization’s financial support for 2020 WELS VEBA coverage.
  • Inform workers of the 2020 WELS VEBA open enrollment.
  • Ensure workers receive their WELS VEBA enrollment packet by the end of October.
  • Encourage workers to consider their options carefully.
  • Direct workers to contact the WELS Benefits Service Center if they have questions.
  • Review January 2020 invoice(s) to be sure worker elections match expectations and that your payment reflects the total amount due.

How do my workers enroll?

All benefit elections must be made by eligible workers through the WELS Benefits Service Center, either by telephone at 1-800-487-8322 (option 1) or online at www.wels.bswift.com. The WELS Benefits Service Center will begin accepting elections as part of the open enrollment on November 1st.

Important notes:

  • As a sponsoring organization representative, you cannot elect benefits or make changes on behalf of your workers.
  • If no changes are desired, no action is required as 2019 benefit elections will automatically be carried over to 2020.
  • A worker does not need to be enrolled in WELS VEBA Medical Benefits to enroll for Dental, Life, or Long-Term Disability Benefits.
  • Enrollment is for the 2020 plan year—any changes made will become effective January 1, 2020.

What happens next?

Eligible workers at your organization will be mailed a packet of enrollment materials between October 21st and October 31st. This packet will include a benefits guide and additional information regarding the open enrollment.