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Clearing up claims confusion
Last Modified: 9/14/2018
Misunderstandings about insurance claims can be a sore subject...and you’re not alone if you’re unsure about what’s covered and what’s not on most insurance policies. We offer some clarity on the most common questions we receive—and where our coverage differs from other companies. Some of the answers may surprise you! . . . (Full story)

How will I pay for long-term care?
Last Modified: 8/20/2018
New options are available to help you answer this important question.“Three years ago my wife required long-term care. I am very grateful we have this insurance because it has enabled my wife to receive the quality care she needs."—Don Holmen, Retired Librarian, Waunakee School District. . . . (Full story)

One of the most important questions you’ll ever ask...
Last Modified: 6/11/2018
“If I need long-term care in the future, can I afford it and will I qualify?” Depending on your perspective about long-term care (LTC) and long-term care insurance (LTCi), we offer unique seminars and webinars to help answer this question. . . . (Full story)

Flooding is not covered by standard home insurance policies
Last Modified: 5/4/2018
While recent rains have greened things up, some areas of the state have received a high volume of rain causing basements to flood and sewers to back up. It’s a common misunderstanding that standard homeowners insurance policies will cover the damage from flooding, but in fact it never does. . . . (Full story)

How will you pay for long-term care if you need it in the future?
Last Modified: 5/8/2018
The WEA Member Benefits™ Long-Term Care Insurance Program has been helping public school employees and retirees figure out how to pay for LTC since 1998. No matter what your circumstance, we have a variety of solutions from different insurers to meet your needs. . . . (Full story)

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Retirement Articles

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No more recharacterization of IRA conversions
Last Modified: 11/19/2018
Prior to 2018, individuals were allowed to recharacterize IRA conversions and employer retirement account taxable rollovers into a Roth IRA. As of 2019, that will not be the case. . . . (Full story)

WRS contribution rates down slightly for 2019
Last Modified: 11/5/2018
The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contribution rate will decrease slightly as of January 1. Generally, the adjustment will not have a significant impact on your take home pay. However, the rate reduction is an opportunity to increase your contributions in other retirement savings accounts, such as an IRA or 403(b). . . . (Full story)

Setting your own course to a secure retirement
Last Modified: 8/7/2018
You can’t know everything that will happen in your life—but anticipating and planning for the challenges increases the chance of achieving your retirement goals. . . . (Full story)

Charting a course to a secure retirement: Member stories
Last Modified: 8/7/2018
Everyone’s life experiences are different. The stories these three Wisconsin educators share illustrate that point and may inspire you to take some positive steps now as you embark on your own financial voyage. . . . (Full story)

Charting a course to a secure retirement
Last Modified: 8/6/2018
Women have to navigate unique barriers in order to secure their retirement. While these barriers put many women at a financial disadvantage when it’s time to retire, there are steps they can take to help minimize or eliminate them. . . . (Full story)

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Money Management Articles

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Fighting financial fraud
Last Modified: 8/27/2018
Member Benefits takes active steps to help you keep your personal financial information secure. . . . (Full story)

Beware of Grant Scams
Last Modified: 7/10/2018
Sometimes, it’s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a “free grant” to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it’s a phone call supposedly from a “government” agency. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back, but... . . . (Full story)

When you lose a loved one...
Last Modified: 5/29/2018
When your spouse or significant other passes away, you may feel overwhelmed with the details of settling the estate. Knowing what to do isn’t necessarily common knowledge—and it isn’t necessarily easy, especially at such a difficult time. Here are some general guidelines to help make the process a little easier during this stressful transition. . . . (Full story)

Equifax’s massive data breach should put you on high alert
Last Modified: 11/27/2017
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach by Equifax. Get some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to protect yourself. . . . (Full story)

Your credit score: It matter$
Last Modified: 9/11/2017
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our credit score. But a low score can negatively impact your finances and have a big effect on the choices you may be able to make in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve your score. . . . (Full story)

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