As of January 1, 2017, MetLife is the carrier for the City of Milwaukee’s life insurance plan.
This plan design only affects General City, Wisconsin Center District, HACM, and RACM employees. This plan design does not apply to sworn Fire, Police, MPS, MATC, MMSD, and Veolia employees.
If you are an eligible active General City, Wisconsin Center District, HACM, or RACM employee, intend to retire, and would like to carry group life insurance while retired, you MUST be enrolled in at least 50% of your annual base salary in voluntary life insurance coverage at the time of retirement.
If you are an eligible active General City, Wisconsin Center District, HACM, or RACM employee and intend retire in the future, and would like to carry group life insurance while retired, at the very latest, you must sign up for voluntary life insurance during the open enrollment period in the year prior to which you retire. Your coverage as a retiree will be limited to the amount of life insurance that you purchase as an active employee.
Furthermore, if you are not enrolled in voluntary life insurance, and decide to enroll in later years, you will need to provide Evidence of Insurability (EOI) to MetLife. The EOI is a medical questionnaire plus other medical information examinations that may be needed by the insurance carrier before allowing a person to purchase voluntary coverage. You are only able to increase your coverage by 50% of existing coverage without the EOI.
If you maintain a minimum of 50% of your annual base salary at the time of retirement in voluntary coverage until age 65, upon attaining age 65, $10,000 of your coverage will be paid for by the City. As a retiree, when you reach age 65, you may discontinue your voluntary coverage, or continue it at your discretion. You will still have the $10,000 City-paid coverage.
NOTE: YOUR RETIREE COVERAGE WILL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF VOLUNTARY LIFE INSURANCE THAT YOU PURCHASE AS AN ACTIVE EMPLOYEE.
For active General City, Wisconsin Center District, HACM, or RACM employees eligible under the new plan, there are three types of benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance – all eligible employees are automatically enrolled for a basic coverage of $50,000 the premiums for which are paid for by the City or employing agency.
- Voluntary Life Insurance – purchased by the employee at age-banded rates.
- Family Life Insurance – purchased by the employee at a flat rate to cover his/her spouse/domestic partner and dependent children through the end of the year in which they turn 26 years of age (please refer to details for additional information).
Please click on the links below for additional information:
Summary of Benefits for General City Active Employees from the City of Milwaukee, WCD, HACM, and RACM
Summary of Benefits for New Retirees (retiring on or after January 1, 2014)
Summary of Benefits for Current General City Retirees Under the Age of 65 with Life Insurance Coverage in Effect (retired prior to January 1, 2014)
Summary of Benefits for Current Retirees Age 65 or Older with Life Insurance Coverage in Effect (retired prior to January 1, 2014)
Group Life Insurance Rates (Effective January 1, 2017)
Imputed Income Explanation
Self-Service Open Enrollment 2019 FAQs
You may also contact the ERS at 414-286-6157 and leave a message on the Group Life Insurance Hotline.