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Campus and Community Committee Event

The Campus and Community Committee would like to invite PURA members and their guests to a Comedy Readers program at University Place on Thursday April 30. This should be a fun event!

Comedy Readers is a group of Civic Theater actors and actresses who provide entertainment through hand-crafted performances based primarily on jokes and funny stories. People who would like to do a pre-meeting tour of University Place are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. Others should plan to arrive by 7 p.m. for a brief dessert before the Comedy Readers program that is planned to begin at 7:15 in the Great Hall.

PURA needs to know how many will attend the Comedy Readers program on April 30. Please email Michele Salla at masalla@purdue.edu or call her at 494-1779 by April 17 and provide names of PURA members and guests who will participate.

PURA May 4, 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 a.m., 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 a.m. Members will vote for PURA's slate of officers, who will serve 2015-2016. At the May program PURA members and guests will learn more about Purdue University Press from editor Katherine Purple. 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 event is only $49.00 per person. If you want further information or wish to place a reservation, Call Imperial Travel (447-9321 or 800-642-6645). Or email ImperialTravel@comcast.net.

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.

If you want further information or wish to place a reservation, call Imperial Travel (447-9321 or 800-642-6645). Or email ImperialTravel@comcast.net.

Coming in 2015: NEW Communications to
PURA Members

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 hr@purdue.edu .  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

The Purposeful Living in Retirement program is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the Beck Conference Center.

Campus and Community Event: Comedy Readers program at University Place on Thursday, April 30. See information on this page!

Purdue University's Spring Fling will happen on May 21. 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. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Further questions should be directed to Kate LaMar, Purdue Human Resources, klamar@purdue.edu, 765-494-1694.

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!