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PURA News - July 2016


Celebrating us! Comments from The New PURA President
Sneak Peek: 2016-2017 PURA Programs
We're All United Way People
This Year's Common Read Book Available in Paperback at the Fall Luncheon
June Luncheon Recap: Prophetstown Farm Returning to 1920's
New Hearing Systems Installed In Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall
Meet Your PURA Board
Summer and Fall Wellness Screenings
Indiana Bicentennial: 
   July Bicentennial Updates
   Getting Back in the Classroom Simplified
   Hospital Inpatient Admission or Observation - Does it Make a Difference?
   Prescription Drugs Administered While in the Hospital
   College of Health and Human Sciences to Receive the Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award

Mark your Calendars!  Upcoming Events

July 26 Art in the Parks: Columbian Park. Randy Salman Jazz Trio 6 PM.

August 1 PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11 AM
    Topic: Immunology for Cancer Treatement
    Speaker: Dr. Timothy Ratliff, Purdue Center for Cancer Research

September 5 NO PURA Monthly Meeting-Labor Day

September 9 - Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay begins. Corydon, Indiana, site of the state's first capitol.

September 12 Annual PURA Kickoff Luncheon, commemorating PURA's 40th Anniversary
Four Points by Sheraton, West Lafayette.

Through January 8, 2017.  19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration Exhibition.
    Indianapolis Museum of Art. For further information, contact: 317-923-1331 or www.imamuseum.org.

Note: For a full listing of Indiana Bicentennial events vist the official web site: http://www.in.gov/ibc/2352.htm.

PURA Trips & Tours Events
    Contact Imperial Royal Tours for Reservations.  800-642-6645 or 765-447-9321

    July 30 Choose Your Own Fun! Visiting the Miami Valley Gaming Casino; Traders World Market;
    and the Cincinnati Premium Outlets

    August 5 Bingo-Food-Shopping. Trip to Middlebury, IN, includes Rise'N Roll Bakery, an Amish
    backroads tour, lunch at an Amish Home, and Bingo.

    August 16  Chicago - Dine-Around & Tour, includes a progressive meal (visiting 3 Chicago
    restaurants), guided city tour, and free time at Eataly Chicago

    October 30  Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, includes, Grand Chef's Table Buffet, Millionaire's seating,
    ticket to the races, and a racing program

    For more information, goto the Upcoming Events web page.

Celebrating!!! - Comments from The New PURA President

Melinda Bain PURA president 2016-172016-2017 is a milestone year for the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA).  Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, PURA was created in 1976 by then President Arthur G. Hansen as the President’s Advisory Council on Retirement (PACR).  In 2003 bylaws were adopted that changed the name to the Purdue University Retirees Association and secured a source of annual funding from the University.  With the spirit of the founding members and the establishment of this formal relationship with the University, PURA has forged itself into today’s organization.

Seventy-five individuals make up the governing board and committees of PURA. They negotiate Medicare supplement programs, communicate through monthly newsletters, organize local and distant trips, facilitate speakers for monthly business and educational meetings, develop programing for the popular Purposefully Living in Retirement Conference, plan the well- attended fall Kickoff Luncheon, and provide hospitality at all events.  We celebrate them!!!

I am delighted to be associated with such an outstanding group of individuals who give unselfishly of their time, talents and expertise to make this organization exactly what those who retired before 1976 wanted PACR/ PURA to be – opportunities to gather for educational programs and fellowship and to strengthen communication with the University.

Happy Anniversary,

Melinda Bain
PURA President

Sneak Peek:  2016-17 PURA Programs

The PURA Program Committee, co-chaired by Don Jones and John Schneider, have prepared an interesting array of topics for the monthly luncheon lectures series for the 2016-2017 year.  A review of the programs is as follows:

November 7 -  Innovative Tech Toys for the Holidays, presented by Scott Ksander, former Executive Director for IT Networks and Security at Purdue.  PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be held at the Daniel Turf Center at 10AM.

Speakers are still being finalized, but some of the featured topics include:

  • The story of local artist Lou Ann Tran’s escape from communist Vietnam.
  • Patty Jischke providing information on her activities since leaving Purdue.
  • Programs on innovative cancer treatments including immunotherapy.
  • Nutrition and the current dietary “fat” recommendations.
  • A discussion of the book Just Call Me Orville: The Story of Orville Redenbacher by Robert Topping.  This book traces the career of Indiana’s own Orville Redenbacher, the “popcorn king,” from his agricultural studies at Purdue to his emergence as an American advertising icon.

Other planned programs may include self-driving vehicles, preventing falls by seniors, and possibly a presentation from the new athletic director.  (D. Jones)

We're All United Way People

One in every three people in our community is impacted by United Way services, and PURA has a long history of supporting United Way agencies and programs.

PURA has contributed more than one million dollars in the last ten years. Our contributions last year were approximately one-seventh of the $783,000 raised by the West Lafayette University community--$127,775. We have been a Pacesetter organization since 2003, which means we start our campaign in late July or early August and our contribution, along with other Pacesetters, is announced at the United Way Campaign kickoff at the end of August to jump start the University and Greater Lafayette campaigns.

The Eli Lilly Endowment will be offering matching opportunities to individuals who increase gifts by $100.00 or more. PURA members in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties will receive a letter by no later than mid-August explaining the details.  If you have questions contact Melinda Bain, melindahbain@comcast.net.

When you receive your letter, please consider a contribution to the 2016 PURA United Way Campaign to assist in making people’s lives better – because, we’re all United Way people.

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This Year’s Common Read Book Available in Paperback at the Fall Luncheon

Bookcover - Slow ball cartoonistSlow Ball Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune, a 2016 Purdue University Press publication, has been selected as this coming year’s PURA Common Read.  The book follows McCutcheon’s life from his childhood on a farm near Lafayette to his rise as one of America’s most significant political cartoonists of the twentieth century.  As a Purdue University graduate working for the Chicago Tribune, McCutcheon delighted his audience with drawings from 1903 until his retirement in 1946.  PURA members and their friends should plan to get the $22.95 paperback edition for 20% off immediately after the luncheon.

The Common Read will be featured in a Spring Program co-sponsored by PURA Campus and Community Activities Committee and the West Lafayette Public Library.  We encourage PURA members to read all about this early Tribune staff member who became the first to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1931.  We’ll have much to talk about in the spring!

June Luncheon Recap: Prophetstown Farm returning to 1920s

L Conwell Prophetstown State ParkLeslie Martin Conwell, Executive Director of The Farm at Prophetstown, was PURA's June luncheon speaker. Leslie is not only the Executive Director of the Farm at Prophetstown, but she also serves as the coordinator of The Feast of the Hunters' Moon.  Leslie is a trained anthropologist and has degrees from both Purdue and Indiana Universities.

Prophetstown ParkThe farm is a private, non-profit farm located within the state park.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and farm Board of Directors asked that the farm turn back the clock to the 1920’s era which was the original mission and historical aspect of the farm.  Leslie and her staff are doing just that and currently have steers, chickens, horses, sheep, rabbits, ducks, turkeys and pigs on the farm.  They use production methods common in that era.

Young families with children can see the farm and learn about the production of food through many educational classes and programs offered there.  Once a month, as a fund raiser, the farm also offers a five course gourmet "farm to table" meal prepared by a gourmet chef.

Many local businesses and volunteers have been instrumental in bringing the farm back to life. Everyone is encouraged to visit the farm and keep current on activities through the farm website:  http://prophetstown.org/ or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ProphetstownFarm  (J. Trott)

New Hearing Systems Installed in Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall

Upgrades to Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall will improve customer experiences from top to bottom.  Last summer Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall had a new system for the hearing impaired installed.  “We don’t want to have any barriers to experiences or access, and we want everyone to be comfortable,” says Todd Wetzel, Director of Purdue Convocations.  An induction loop system installed in the theaters will allow patrons with a hearing aid or cochlear implant equipped with a T-coil to tap directly into the audio of any performance on the stage of Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall.  Audio from the stage’s microphones is sent directly to the loop, a magnetic cable that encircles the theater.  Properly equipped devices pick up the magnetic signal, funneling the performance directly into the user’s ears.

“Whether it’s the spoken word, music or a lecture, intelligibility and clarity are key,” Wetzel says. “People can be fully engaged in the performance. They’re not struggling to hear the details.” Besides the inconvenience of having to check out hearing-assistance devices from the box office, the new induction loop system allows patrons with hearing disabilities to be discreet about their needs. It also increases reliability over the theater’s battery-powered devices. “It’s really an upgrade for people who have that T-coil in their hearing aids,” says Stephen Hall, Director of Purdue’s Hall of Music Productions. “The former system made it obvious that a patron had a hearing disability, which isn’t the most sensitive thing to do.” Patrons with devices not equipped for the loop induction system can check out devices that employ Bluetooth technology to send performance audio into their hearing aids or implants.

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Meet Your PURA Board!

This is an introduction to the PURA Officers and Committee Chair people that make your PURA organization functional and effective.  To see a complete list of committees and members, visit the About PURA page, Committees list. 

If anyone is interested in serving on a committee or has any comments, positive or negative, please contact:  Michele Salla, at:  masalla@purdue.edu

PURA Officers and Committee Chairs for 2016-17

First Row: Don Gentry, Chair Benefits; Nina-Barron Burke, Chair Hospitality; Olivia Wood, Past President; Melinda Bain, President; Sue Hiser, Chair Endowment, Karen Lembcke, Co-Chair Communications; Ann Pickett, Co-Chair Kick-off Luncheon.  Second Row:  Jeris Eikenberry, Outgoing Chair Hospitality; Bob Bain, Treasurer; Scott Rumble, Outgoing Chair Purposefully Living in Retirement; Sue Scholer, Out-going Co-Chair Program; Dan Collins, Scholarship Committee; Sara Johnson, Co-Chair Kick-off Luncheon; John Trott, President Elect; Dick Nelson, Chair Campus and Community; and Carolyn Jones, Historian  Not pictured:  Suzanne Collins, Co-Chair, Communications; Don Jones and John Schneider, Co-Chairs Program; Tom Hayworth, Chair Trips and Tours; Jeanne Norberg, Co-Chair Purposefully Living in Retirement; and Deb Dimmitt, Secretary

PURA Officers:

President: Melinda Bain
Vice President: John Trott
Secretary: Deborah Dimmit
Treasurer: Robert Bain
Historian: Carolyn Jones
Past President: Olivia Wood

Committee Chairs:

Benefits: Don Gentry
Communications: Suzanne Collins and Karen Lembcke
Hospitality: Nina Barron-Burke
Program: Don Jones andJohn Schneider
Trips & Tours: Thomas Haworth
Endowment: Sue Hiser
Campus & Community: Richard Nelson
Kickoff Luncheon: Sarah Johnson and Ann Pickett
Purposeful Living in Retirement:  Jeanne Norberg and Olivia Wood
Scholarship: Melinda Bain

Summer & Fall Wellness Screenings

Retiree Wellness Screenings can be scheduled this summer on an appointment basis. You may email Chris Rearick at crearick@purdue.edu or call 496-0308.  Any diabetics wanting foot checks may also schedule by appointment this summer.  All exams are free.  Only one wellness screening per calendar year is allowed for retirees and spouses.

Fall dates for Wellness Screenings have are as follows.  Screenings offered are Total Cholesterol/HDL/Glucose, Ear checks, Hearing assessment and Diabetic foot checks.:

9/23/2016- Lyles-Porter Hall 9am-1pm
9/30/2016- Westminster 9am-2pm
10/7/2016- Lyles-Porter Hall 9am-1pm

We would love to hear from Purdue retirees.  If there is something you would like to see offered at the Nursing Center for Family Health please email Chris or call to discuss.  Your opinion counts!

Hospital Inpatient Admission or Observation - Does it Make a Difference?

Yes!  The inpatient or observation status of the patient affects Medicare and supplement insurance payments to the hospital, to skilled nursing or rehabilitation facilities, and for prescription drugs.  A hospital’s failure to comply with Medicare rules can result in the hospital not being reimbursed for services and possible fines.

Inpatient admitted status is covered by Medicare Part A.  Observation status is covered by Medicare Part B.  Currently the hospital is reimbursed $4400 a day for Part A inpatient admission and $400 a day for observation.  Insurance coverage with PURcare and other Medicare supplement plans and different Medicare Advantage plans varies depending on the plan.

Important information for you or an advocate to remember when you or a loved one is hospitalized:

  • You should select an advocate before you enter the hospital to speak for you and ask questions in case you cannot.
  • The admitting physician determines whether the patient is admitted as an “inpatient” or admitted “for observation”.
  • Observation—the admitting physician believes the problem can be resolved in less than a 2 midnights stay.  If not resolved in 2 midnights, the status maybe changed to inpatient.  (However, this does not happen automatically.)
  • Inpatient Admission—the admitting physician believes 3 or more midnights and specialized treatment or care is needed.
  • A patient is not necessarily told whether he/she is admitted as an inpatient or under observation.  The patient or the advocate must ask.
  • The physician’s decision on inpatient admission or observation status is reviewed by a case management team to insure that Medicare rules are met.  If more information is needed, a hospitalist or a specialist’s opinion may be sought.  Medicare rules state that observation status cannot be appealed.  However, one hospital administrator suggested talking to the case management nurse if there are questions about the patient’s observation status.
  • After outpatient surgery certain conditions may warrant further outpatient observation.  Depending on care needed, the patient or advocate must ask whether the status is observation or inpatient admission.
  • There is no Medicare coverage for prescription costs when in observation status.  The prescription bill must be paid by the patient.  The patient can then file a claim with his/her Part D prescription plan for reimbursement.  The claim may or may not be paid depending on the insurance policy.
  • A patient must have inpatient admission status over 3 midnights to be eligible for Medicare to cover a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility stay.  Medicare covers up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility when meeting Medicare requirements.
  • PURcare Senior Supplement coverages continue for day 101 and beyond, if the patient continues to meet Medicare requirements.
  • Medicare Advantage plans do not have a 3 midnight inpatient requirement to be eligible for a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility.  Coverage is provided up to 100 days if the patient continues to meet Medicare requirements. 

(D. Gentry)

Prescription Drugs Administered while in the Hospital

In the event that an individual on the PURcare plan (Senior Supplement + Part D) is admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, Medicare Part A will pay for all drugs that are received, including self-administered drugs.  “Self-administered drugs” are drugs prescribed by a doctor prior to entering the hospital that you would normally take on your own.  The only responsibility of the plan participant will be that of their typical cost share for the inpatient hospital stay.

A retiree enrolled in the Group Medicare Advantage plan who is admitted as an inpatient will pay only their Hospital per-day copayment; self-administered drugs will be covered.

When a member of the PURcare plan is kept in the hospital on an observation basis, payments for the medical services would be covered under Medicare Part B, which does not cover self-administered drugs under any circumstance. Under observation, the plan member in PURcare or the Medicare Advantage plan will be billed for self-administered drugs and will be expected to pay the hospital. 

The member must file a claim for reimbursement under their Part D prescription drug plan.  The Part D plan will reimburse the member on an out-of-network basis which will put all the prescription drugs in a Tier 3 level cost share or copay. The plan will only reimburse the cost of the drug up to an amount that is comparable to a contracted rate; any difference between the charged amount and the reimbursed amount will be the responsibility of the plan member.

Contact the UnitedHealthcare Customer Service number on the back of your Part D or Medicare Advantage ID card to ask for the “Direct Member Reimbursement Form” for prescription reimbursement. 

If you have questions or problems, please contact Kate LaMar, Human Resources, at klamar@purdue.edu or (765) 494-1694.  (D. Gentry)

Getting Back in the Classroom Simplified

Two years ago PURA began lobbying for a simplified Office of Admissions process that would allow and encourage official Purdue retirees to take courses as non-degree seeking students.  Forty-two retirees responded to an informal survey by indicating a desire to take classes at the West Lafayette campus.

In May, the Office of Admissions informed PURA that they have developed that simplified process to become admitted and enrolled in a WL campus class.  PURA appreciates all the stakeholders involved in bringing this process to fruition, including Provost Dutta, his staff, V.P. Trent Klingerman, Betty Nelson, and Dan Collins.

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July Bicentennial Updates

Bicentennial logo

The Torchbearers for the Bicentennial Torch Relay have been announced.  Tippecanoe County received 113 nominations.  Those nominated but not selected will also be recognized.  The State allotted Tippecanoe County 24 slots, but thanks to the County Commissioner’s willingness to purchase additional uniforms, there will be over 50 people participating.  On the morning of October 12, planners hope everyone will find a spot along the route (map available on the website at in.gov/ibc/torchrelay) to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Mike Piggott did a wonderful job designing the route, with a good portion passing through Purdue’s campus.  Planners are very proud that the Torch was designed and built by Purdue’s engineering students to replicate the torch on the state flag.  The torch will burn E85, a blended ethanol-based fuel partly made of Indiana corn.  A smaller “kid-friendly” torch was built for younger Hoosier torchbearers that uses cool, energy-efficient Led lights instead of a flame.

Lafayette’s first Community Center, Duncan Hall, is celebrating its 85th year, and a Celebration of Citizenship event is planned there in July for the nominees.

Remember, keep checking the State website [make the word “website” a link to http://www.in.gov/ibc/2352.htm]  for all kinds of interesting events, news and tidbits of history about all the areas of Indiana.  The Marketplace has lots of fun items to purchase.  They are always interested in having events and pictures sent in.

In Greater Lafayette, be sure to visit all 5 of the bison that local sponsors and artists have provided for our enjoyment during this “Bison”tennial year.  (S. Scholer)

College of Health and Human Services to receive Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award

The Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award was created to recognize the efforts of any University unit that cultivates and maintains meaningful relationships with their retirees.  The recipient in 2016 is the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) with special recognition to the Office of Student Services.

The nomination for the award was from Mary Alice Nebold who worked the last 25 years of her career in student services being named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services in 1990.  Retirees routinely receive notifications and invitations to faculty, staff, student, and alumni recognition receptions, luncheons and dinners as well as college and departmental sponsored programs and lectures.  The continuing connections foster meaningful interactions with the current HHS staff and students as well as with former colleagues and students.

The award is presented by the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) and the Office of the President of the University.  It is funded by TIAA and consists of a cash award of $2500, a trophy, and the name of the recipient is listed on a permanent plaque in the Purdue Memorial Union.

The award will be presented to HHS with special recognition to the Student Services Office at the Purdue Retirees Luncheon on June 30, 2016.  The recipients are also recognized at the annual fall PURA Kickoff Luncheon in September.

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