Employees that DO receive life insurance benefits through the Employes' Retirement System:
General City, Fire and Police.
All others need to contact their agencies to learn about their life insurance coverage:
Milwaukee Public Schools… (414) 475-8215
Milwaukee Area Technical College… (414) 297-6504
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District… (414) 225-2056.
To change your life insurance beneficiary, a Beneficiary Change Form, must be completed and returned to the Employes' Retirement System Group Life Insurance Specialist.
Changes in coverage are allowed only during open enrollment, which takes place each year from October through November. Changes made during open enrollment become effective the following calendar year.
Prior to each open enrollment, informational packages are available on-line. To help you with your enrollment, benefit sessions are offered at various locations.
Members who want to cancel their coverage can do so at any time by filling out a Waiver of Coverage form, and mailing it to the ERS at the address printed on the form. Coverage will be waived (cancelled) when the form is received in our office.
Death Claims Processing
The death claim process, which includes completion of paperwork by the Employes' Retirement System and payment of benefits by the insurance provider, can take up to 30 days during normal processing periods.
The City of Milwaukee’s insurance provider, the Aetna Life Insurance Company, pays death claims.
Group Life Insurance Certificate
You may want to print our group life insurance certificate for your records.
If you have questions, contact the Employes' Retirement System at 414-286-3557 (or toll free at 1-800-815-8418).