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Upcoming events for Purdue retirees
PURA April 6, 2015 Luncheon
All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and bring their friends to the monthly PURA luncheon, held at the MCL Cafeteria on Sagamore Parkway West in West Lafayette. Members and their guests should arrive by 11 AM, go through the line to purchase lunch, and then join other PURA members in the MCL meeting room. The meeting and presentation start at 11:45 AM. Members will vote for PURA's slate of officers, who will serve 2015-2016. The April program will give PURA members and guests a better understanding of planning for Lafayette Community gardens and trees. Speakers will be Jeff Phillips, Don Nead and Lynn Layden. We hope to see you there!
PURA participation in Spring Fling
Purdue University’s Spring Fling will happen on May 21, 2015. PURA will be meeting participants at the west entrance of the Cordova Co-Rec. Plan to attend and participate in the day’s events. The registration form can be found here.
Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This year's Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference will be very beneficial to PURA retirees and their friends! Hearing Loop provided in the facilities. Outstanding speakers will share their experience and assist attendees in finding ways to increase health plan benefits, do estate planning and consider future financial needs. Join other retirees at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 53 West in West Lafayette Wednesday, April 22!
Once again, PURA will have exhibits and door prizes for participants.
Our program will begin with registration and continental breakfast. Morning and afternoon speakers will address ways to optimize prescription drug use, the possibilities of home healthcare, the benefits of PURCare and its relations to ongoing changes in health insurance, and designing a wealth and estate plan. A box lunch is included in the registration fee.
This conference would not be possible without the support of the following organizations: UnitedHealthcare, TIAA CREF, Westminster Village, PURA, and University Place. PURA also wishes to thank WALLA and the AREA IV Agency for their cooperation.
Click here for registration form. Form must be returned to Purdue University by April 15, 2015.
Return form to:
Office of Special Events-Kelsey DeWees
Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center
403 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007
You can also register with a credit card by phone. Call (765) 494-0900 by April 15, 2015.
Trips and Tours Committee's 2015 Events for PURA Members
Historic National Road Yard Sale in Indiana,
May 29, 2015
Members of PURA are invited to join with others on the Imperial Travel one-day trip to the annual yard sale on Indiana's portion of Highway 40, Old National Road. An Imperial Travel bus and an Imperial escort will leave Lafayette at 6 am with PURA members and their friends, traveling to Lebanon and Indianapolis where other adventurers will join our group and partake of the excitement found along the Indiana portion of the National Road Yard Sale. Come prepared to find everything you'd ever want – from antiques, collectibles, furniture and glassware. Small items can be stowed on the bus, BUT if you find a large gem, you'll have to arrange for its pick up and delivery back to Lafayette. Expect to find hidden treasures AND bargains!
The Chocolate Trail Along the Old National Road, July 15, 2015
$79.00 per person. Includes: Motorcoach transportation, Lunch at Ghyslain Chocolatier & Bistro, and chocolate treats along the way.
Join other PURA members and their friends as they travel with Imperial Travel on the Old National Road's Chocolate trail! An Imperial Travel bus and an Imperial escort will leave Lafayette at 7:30 am with PURA members and their friends, traveling to Lebanon and Indianapolis to pick up others who want to enjoy stops on the Old National Road at the Warm Glow Candle Outlet, the Richmond Furniture Gallery, and the Olympian Candles Store. Adventurers will enjoy lunch at the Ghyslain Chocolatier and Bistro and will end their day with a stop at the J & J Winery for a sample of chocolate wine.
PURA Officers, 2014-2015
President, Dan Collins
Vice President, Olivia Bennett Wood
Secretary-Treasurer, Melinda Bain
Historian, Carolyn Jones
Past President, Robert Bain
Coming in 2015: NEW Communications to
Your PURA board is excited to share with you a new communications plan slated for “roll out” in 2015! As you know we currently communicate via a Newsletter mailed four times a year, e-mails and local mailings to those with these addresses on file, and the PURA web site. Additionally we mail special communications to cover topics such as benefits and health insurance enrollment, flu shots, etc.
Starting in 2015 we anticipate publishing and mailing the traditional newsletter format only once a year, probably in late summer. New will be 10 to 12 monthly communication releases. The monthly releases will be mailed to local members without an e-mail address on file, e-mailed to all members with an e-mail address on file, and available for all members via a link to the PURA web site. We are excited about this new venture as we will be able to deliver the most current PURA news more quickly than the traditional Newsletter format. At this time we anticipate the first new communication piece will happen later this spring.
We need your help! Receipt of this more timely communication piece depends on having correct mailing and e-mail addresses of our members. Encourage fellow PURA members to file their addresses with us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Post a note on the refrigerator to regularly check the PURA web site! If you are not on file with a mailing or e-mail address and/or do not wish to be, your access to the monthly communication piece will be via a link on the PURA web site at www.purdue.edu/retirees. Once the new monthly release rolls out, we invite your comments and input on the new communication “system” as we will continually monitor and work to improve on it. Thank you for your attention and help with this new initiative!
Benefit News: PURcare Household Billing Process Starting July 1, 2015
PURcare members (UnitedHealthcare Senior Supplement plus Medicare Rx Part D) will have an improved billing process effective July 1, 2015. The Benefits Committee of PURA has asked UnitedHealthcare (UHC) for the past several years to look into a household billing plan. The insurance company has agreed to implement a one payment per household, or per member, process starting on July 1, 2015. We believe the new arrangement will result in fewer errors and lower processing costs which should help reduce or slow down the increases in administrative costs included in our premiums. For more information, click here.
Mark Your Calendars!
Information on PURA's Special Spring Events
A reception for PURA's first Common Read with author Angie Klink and Betty Nelson – one of the past Deans featured in The Deans' Bible – will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in West Lafayette Public Library's second floor meeting room. Nick Schenkel will lead a discussion immediately afterwards. Parking is available in the library's parking lot across the street from the library.
A PURA tour of 3-D Printing and related Maker products, Wednesday April 8, 2015. The Campus and Community Activities Committee is scheduling tours of the Rapid Prototyping Lab located in Knoy Hall. Because of the rather small size of the lab, the tours will be limited to 10 persons on a first come, first served basis. Tours are scheduled for 45 minutes each at 2, 3, and 4 PM. Please choose one of those 3 times and email Michele Salla at email@example.com. She will notify you if you are scheduled for the time you selected. Michele can also be reached at 494-1779. Additional tours will be planned for subsequent semesters, so if there isn’t enough space you will have other opportunities to visit.
The Purposeful Living in Retirement program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Beck Conference Center.
Purdue University's Spring Fling will happen on May 21, 2015. PURA will be meeting participants at the West Entrance of the Cordova Co-Rec.
The PURA fall kickoff luncheon will be held on September 14, 2015. More information will be placed on this website as plans are finalized.
From United Healthcare
Effective January 1, 2015 United Healthcare has implemented a new billing process for the payment of premiums for health insurance plans.
All Purdue Retirees with health insurance plans though your Purdue Retirees Association provided by United Healthcare should have received a mailing from United Healthcare informing you of the change.
Frequently asked questions:
- If I have paid my premiums in the past through EFT or electronic fund transfers from my bank do I need to do anything? NO, your premiums will continue to be deducted from your bank on the fifth of each month. But you will continue to receive monthly invoices which will serve only as a reminder that the funds due will be deducted from your account on the fifth day of the month and that members should make sure adequate funds are in the account to avoid over drafting.
- If I pay for the entire year by check, will I continue to receive monthly billings? After you pay for the entire year you will receive one additional invoice showing that nothing more is due for the rest of the year.
- What does the “Go Paperless” statement on the invoices mean? This statement is a standard statement made by United Healthcare on all invoices to encourage retirees to utilize the EFT or credit card payment method.
- Can the invoices be combined for one check or payment? Not at this time! Your Benefits committee of PURA has negotiated a process to start on July 1, 2015 that is to combine all invoices for a household into one invoice. More information will be provided to you prior to this change. We believe this will save money in processing and help avoid errors.
- Further questions should be directed to Kate LaMar, Purdue Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-494-1694.
PURA 2015-2016 Elections
The purposed slate of PURA officers was announced at the January and February luncheon meetings. At the March meeting, PURA members will vote on the officer slate. The 2015-16 slate is:
President – Olivia Wood
Vice-President – Melinda Bain
Secretary – Deborah Dimmitt
Treasurer – Bob Bain
Historian – Carolyn Jones
Past-President – Dan Collins
Free Wellness Screenings Continue and Offer More for Purdue Retiree’s and Spouses
Free Purdue Retiree and spouse wellness screenings will continue in the spring semester. Screenings will take place at our new clinical building, Lyles-Porter Hall, located on Harrison and University. Lyles-Porter is the new home for the Department of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences, Nursing Center for Family Health, Ismail Center for Health Exercise, Nutrition, Nutritional Training, Psychology Research and Indiana University Medical School. A parking garage is attached to Lyles-Porter. We are located on the first floor.
Along with the usual wellness screening, retirees will be offered free Fitness Assessments completed by 3rd and 4th year Applied Exercise and Health Students. Speech Hearing and Language Sciences will be offering free hearing screenings along with speech and swallow screenings. Nurse Practitioner students will offer a variety of services such as skin cancer screenings, ear and foot checks. Indiana University medical students will participate by conducting wellness physicals.
Purdue retirees and their spouses are able to have one free wellness screening per year by Purdue School of Nursing. Come support the students and see our newest building. To schedule an appointment and choose your screenings you may email Chris Rearick, MSN, RN at email@example.com or call her and leave a message at 765-496-0308. Fasting is not necessary and appointment times vary depending on your screening choices. Screenings are available to the community for $40.00. Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are not accepted. Dates are as follows and more dates may be added.
Monday Luncheon Series
We hope you will join us at the MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette on April 6, 2015. You will have an opportunity to visit with friends and to learn about the area's community gardens and trees. Speakers include Jeff Phillips, Don Nead and Lynn Layden. Lunch is available from 11:00 a.m., and the program begins at 11:50 in the Purdue Room. PURA members will also vote for the 2015-2016 officers. See you then!