Latest News for Purdue Retirees
Save the Date for the PURA Kickoff Luncheon
Mark your calendars now for the annual PURA Kickoff Luncheon!
The luncheon will be held Monday, September 8, 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette. Complete information will be posted later on the PURA website.
Spring Fling 2014 Registration
Spring Fling will be held on Thursday, May 22 at the Memorial Mall. PURA members are welcome to attend the scheduled events or to work as a volunteer. Please fill out the information form available here.
IU Health and United Healthcare
New Information for Purdue retirees enrolled in the PURcare Senior Supplement plan or the Medicare Advantage planThe negotiations between United Healthcare and IU Health do not affect Purdue retirees with Medicare.
We asked our United Healthcare representative about the contract negotiations with IU Health. She replied that the negotiations mentioned in the news are only related to commercial United Healthcare plans and do not have any impact on Medicare plans. She went on to say, “Purdue retirees have nothing to worry about if they are enrolled in our PURcare or [group Medicare Advantage] plan.”
Retirees in PURcare, Medicare is your primary insurance. You can use any doctor or medical facility in the United States that accepts Medicare.
Retirees in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage PPO, you can use any Medicare doctor or facility that will accept your plan and bill United Healthcare Medicare Advantage. IU Health has been an out-of-network provider in the past. Your benefits are the same for in-network and out-of-network providers.
Campus and Community Events
The Campus and Community Committee is offering two interesting tours this spring.
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 there will be a program and tour of Faith West where many Purdue students are living. PURA members and their guests will learn about the philosophy behind Faith West, the expectations of residents, the opportunities and services Faith West offers to its residents and to the community. A tour of the facility and an apartment will be included in the event. Those attending should park behind Faith West in the main parking lot, enter in main entrance at the back of the building and meet at the reception desk.
On Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:00 PURA members and their guests will have the opportunity to learn about and tour the Alexander Field and baseball facility. Parking will be at the Alexander Field parking lot. PURA will meet at the Club House. After the presentation and tour, members and guests can drive to the tennis facility, park and have a tour of that facility.
Please register for these tours by calling Michele Salla at 494-1779 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURA officer candidates, 2014-2015
Vice President, who will be president-elect during 2014-15, Olivia Bennett Wood
Olivia Bennett Wood, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, School of Consumer and Family Sciences, was a faculty member from 1973 to 2007. She helped build a dietetics program that is one of the top in the nation. She became director of the program in 1976. She has received many awards as a teacher and as a professional. Olivia is in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue. She has served the American Dietetic Association at the regional, state and national levels.
Secretary-Treasurer, who will be completing her 3-year term, Melinda Bain
Historian, who will be completing her 3-year term, Carolyn Jones
Past President, Robert Bain.
Health Insurance Plans Renewed for 2014 with Great News!
For the Third Year PURcare Health Insurance (Senior Supplement plan) Premiums Are Lower
The Benefits Committee of the Purdue University Retirees Association has renewed the PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO Health Insurance plans with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) for 2014 and has negotiated an overall lower premium for the PURcare plan and a very market competitive rate increase in the premium for the Medicare Advantage or PPO plan, overcoming some major price increases resulting from the Affordable Care Act of 2010. More information can be found here.
Biochemistry Receives the PURA Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award
Purdue’s Department of Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture was presented the 2013 Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award. This award is presented by the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) and the Office of the President to recognize the efforts of any University unit that cultivates and maintains meaningful relationships with their retirees. Purdue retirees make the nominations from which the recipient is selected.
The award will be presented to Dr. Jay Akridge, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Dr. Clint Chapple, Department Head, at the University’s annual Retirement Luncheon on June 27 in the Purdue Memorial Union. The Department of Biochemistry will receive a trophy and be listed on a plaque in the corridor of the Union. The award also includes $2,500, funded by TIAA-CREF, to be used to help strengthen the department’s relationship with its retirees.
The award is given in honor of Arthur G. Hansen, who served as Purdue president from 1971 to 1982. During President Hansen’s tenure, Purdue founded the President’s Advisory Council on Retirement, which became the Purdue University Retirees Association. The Hansen Award was established eleven years ago.
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