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PURA May 5, 2014 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. The May 5 speakers will be Joe Payne, West Lafayette Parks Department and Becky Witcosky, Director of the Morton Community Center. They will discuss the West Lafayette trail system and changes at Morton Community Center. We hope you plan to attend!

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.

Good News!
Printing Cost for the PURA Newsletter Is Down!

As a result of Xerox's new pricing with local
vendors, the cost to print the PURA Newsletter
has decreased over $500

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 plan

The 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

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 the tour by calling Michele Salla at 494-1779 or email her at masalla@purdue.edu.

PURA officers, 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.

Martin C. Jischke Scholarship Award recipient - Read more ...

Make a difference - Add Your Two Cents!

If you are interested in helping PURA grow the Jischke Purdue Opportunity Award (scholarship endowment) to support additional students, we invite you to send a check made payable to the Purdue Foundation (write Jischke POA on the memo line).  Mail to:
University Development Office
Dauch Alumni Center, Rm. 1124
403 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN   47907
Phone:  765-494-2730