Healthy Boiler Newsletter Issue #6: March 1, 2019

Healthcare concierge available to better serve employees

As part of Benefits’ mission to provide health and wellness education and support, healthcare concierge services are available to Purdue University employees and their families covered by one of Purdue’s medical plans.

Anthem’s Care & Cost Finder offers convenient, easy access to finding providers, services at low-costs

In 2019, Anthem’s Care & Cost Finder replaced Castlight as the shopping tool for providers and medical services for Purdue employees.

Healthy Boiler Portal offers a wealth of health and wellness resources and information

The Healthy Boiler Portal has a new look and feel as a result of its January 2019 refresh based on feedback received from faculty and staff in 2018. In addition to the new intuitive updates, a variety of other health and wellness resources remain available for your use.

‘Save Your Vision Month’ puts focus on eye health and annual eye exams: VSP can help

Did you know that “Save Your Vision” month is held every March to increase awareness regarding good eye care? The American Optometric Association (AOA) organizes this annual wellness observance where the main goal is to encourage individuals to get regular eye exams.

Affordable Care Act requires dependent Social Security numbers for medical coverage

The Affordable Care Act (aka Health Care Reform) requires employers to send dependent social security numbers (SSN) for those covered on a Purdue medical plan to the IRS, along with the dependent’s medical plan election.

A Virta tattoo? Why Anne got Virta’s logo tattooed on her arm

If your A1c is high, it is not recommended to get a tattoo, or even some medical procedures, due to the high risk of infection, kidney problems, and heart problems. Virta helped Anne drop her A1c nearly 4 points, so after 2 years on Virta she wanted to do something special.

Be sure your beneficiary information is up-to-date to ensure your wishes are fulfilled

Each year employees are asked take a moment to review their beneficiary information in order to ensure each policy is set up how the employee wants.

Anthem ConditionCare provides a no-cost program to help individuals manage chronic conditions

ConditionCare is a no-cost health and wellness program provided by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Purdue’s medical plan administrator, designed to help individuals take control of their health, especially when managing conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease, type 1 or type 2 diabetes and heart failure.

Life change? Should your benefits change, too?

When you select your benefits each fall during open enrollment, you are reminded that no changes can be made after enrollment closes (until the next enrollment timeframe) unless there is a qualifying life event (change in family status).

2018 flexible spending account claims need to be submitted by March 31, 2019

Human Resources is reminding employees who used flexible spending accounts - health care flexible spending accounts, limited purpose flexible spending accounts and dependent care flexible spending accounts -- in 2018 that the deadline to submit claims for reimbursement is March 31, 2019.