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2020 Open Enrollment-City Retirees Only


Health Insurance

The 2020 Open Enrollment period will be October 28, 2019 through November 15, 2019. Packets will be mailed out starting the week of October 14, 2019 to all City of Milwaukee retirees presently enrolled in a City health insurance plan. This excludes MATC, MMSD, MPS, United Water Services, and Veolia. If you do not receive your packet by October 25, 2019, call the ERS Open Enrollment Hotline at (414) 286-3689 and request that one be sent to you. If you are not currently enrolled in a City health insurance plan and wish to receive a City Open Enrollment packet, or want to request an enrollment form, call the ERS Open Enrollment Hotline at (414) 286-3689 and request that one be sent to you.


Please note that there will be 2020 plan design changes to both health plans offered by the City to its retirees (UHC Choice EPO and UHC Choice Plus PPO), so you should review the 2020 Retiree Benefits guide carefully. There will also be a rate increase for retirees under the City’s health plans (approximately 3% for retirees under the age of 65 years, and approximately 6.7% increase for retirees 65 and over).


You can find the answers to your questions in your Retiree Benefits Guide or on the ERS website at the Open Enrollmentfrequently asked questions or 2020 rate charts pages.


When submitting a new health enrollment form, please keep a copy for your records. ERS does not send out confirmation letters. However, if you want confirmation of receipt of this form, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for this purpose.


Due to the high volume of forms received each year, we cannot confirm by phone if we have received your health enrollment form.


Life Insurance

There are no changes to the life insurance benefit design for current retirees and MetLife remains as the carrier for this benefit. This excludes MATC, MMSD, MPS, United Water Services, and Veolia. No action is required on your part if you currently participate in the City’s Life Insurance plan as a retiree. If you currently do not participate in the City’s plan as a retiree, you are not eligible to enroll in the plan. You can reduce or cancel your coverage at any time, but please note you cannot then increase or reenroll in the future.


Open Enrollment Fairs

Combined Giving Campaign

The Combined Giving Campaign is Sept. 19 – Oct. 16. As a retiree, you can participate in the following ways…

  1. Attend the Hot Dog/Baked Potato Sale on 10/15 in the City Hall Rotunda;
  2. Give a one-time donation (check only made out to “United Way Fiscal Agent”) or
  3. Donate a new, handcrafted or homemade item, event tickets or a service to our silent auction.

In the past, retirees have donated some beautiful homemade items. Deadline for auction donations is Friday, October 4th. For info, contact Rich at 414-286-8031. You can also donate baked goods for the bake sale. For info on the bake sale, call Steph at 414-286-2567. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Cunningham at 414-286-5428.

Check out the Rest of our Website

You are a member of the ERS, and membership has its privileges. One of those privileges is access to the portion of our website that is all about you. We call it ERS Member Self Service. Click here for more details.



Other recent news can be found on the most recent newsletter.

Other important information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Last Update: 10/4/2019