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Plan Types, Benefit Plans, and Payroll Deductions Job Aid in HRS


HRS is set up with Plan Types and Benefit Plan codes that are used by Benefit Administrators when enrolling and reviewing employee benefits. A Plan Type is a 2-character identifier for an overall classification of Benefit Plans, while the Benefit Plan is the individual option within the Plan Type an eligible employee can choose.

Process Considerations:

  • Although Plan Types remain the same, Benefit Plans can change over time.  You may see additional Benefit Plan Codes on an employee's Base Benefit history that are no longer listed in this KB.
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Benefit Plan Types

Benefit plan type category and code
 Category  Numbering Sequence
 Health (State Group Health, Supplemental Dental, Vision, and Preventive Dental)  10 - 14, 1D
 Accident Plan, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (SGL, I&F, UW Employees Inc., UIA, and AD&D)  2A, 2I - 2V
 Disability (Income Continuation Insurance)  3Y - 3Z
 Savings (Supplemental Retirement Program [403(b) plans] and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation)  42, 49, 4L - 4S, 4U - 4Z
 Leave (Paid Time Off)  52
 Flexible Spending Accounts, Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings Accounts  60 - 61, 67
 Retirement (Wisconsin Retirement System, Federal Thrift)  7V - 7Z
 Simple Benefit (Benefits Billing, and NSF Fee)  AX - AZ
 General (e.g. Deduction Pre-Pays)  00

Payroll Deduction Schedule

The Payroll Deduction Schedule for employees is shown below. Benefit deductions are split between the A and B payrolls each month to spread out the cost.

 A Payroll
 B Payroll
 C Payroll
Wisconsin Retirement System Wisconsin Retirement System Wisconsin Retirement System
Flexible Spending Account Flexible Spending Account  
Health Savings Account Health Savings Account  
Supplemental Retirement Program [403(b) plans] Supplemental Retirement Program [403(b) plans]
Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Wisconsin Deferred Compensation
State Group Health State Group Health
State Group Life - Basic, Supplemental, Additional, Spouse & Dependent State Group Life - Basic, Supplemental, Additional, Spouse & Dependent  
Supplemental Dental Supplemental Dental  
Preventative Dental Preventative Dental  
Vision Insurance Vision Insurance  
Individual & Family Life - Employee, Spouse/DP, Child(ren) Individual & Family Life - Employee, Spouse/DP, Child(ren)  
Income Continuation Insurance Income Continuation Insurance  
UW Employee's Inc. UW Employee's Inc.  
Accident Insurance Accident Insurance  
General Deductions General Deductions General Deductions

Deduction codes are prioritized in the payroll so certain deductions are taken before others.  The lower the number, the higher the priority for the deduction to be taken.  Priority is as follows:
  • Prepay Deductions (500)
  • Wisconsin Retirement System (530)
  • Federal retirement (540)
  • State Group Health (540)
  • Supplemental Dental (560)
  • Preventative Dental (570)
  • Vision Insurance (590)
  • State Group Life (610)
  • Income Continuation Insurance (620)
  • Federal Life (630)
  • Individual & Family Life, UW Employees Inc Life, AD&D, Accident Insurance (640)
  • Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts (660)
  • Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (719)
  • Supplemental Retirement Program [403(b) plans] and Thrift Savings (720)
  • Supplemental Retirement Program [403(b) plans] Roth and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Roth (740)
If there is insufficient pay to cover an insurance premium, the deduction will take a partial premium and the remaining amount will go into Arrears, and the Payroll will then move on to the next deduction in the prioritized list.  There are a few plans listed above that are not subject to arrears.  For more information on arrears, reference:  Reviewing Benefits Arrears Balances in HRS .

There are numerous Benefit Plans for each Plan Type. Please reference the following two spreadsheets for more details:
 Plan Type & Benefit Plan Deduction Codes 2024 - This spreadsheet provides Plan Type codes, Plan Type descriptions, Benefit Plan codes, Benefit Plan and Deduction Code Priority descriptions along with references on when Plan Types and Benefit Plans were added or removed by year.

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Created2015-03-11 15:00:18Updated2024-07-05 13:05:43
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