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Discounted entry fees for 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival events available 

As part of the Healthy Boiler Program, and in support of the behavioral health, financial wellness and physical health pillars, Human Resources again is offering discounted registration fees for all faculty and staff for the 2022 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 5K. The events take place on May 7. Employees can register at discounted rates here. The password is PU22.

NOTE: Those who chose to defer their registrations from past events – that were canceled due to COVID-19 – must register via the following links by April 22 to utilize the funds:

  • 5K deferrals must register here. The password is PU22
  • Mini-Marathon deferrals must register here. The password is PU22

‘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.

Purdue’s vision coverage is provided by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and is a free benefit for employees and families. Vision coverage is a separate election from the medical plan.

Vision benefits include WellVision exams (one every calendar year) for $5 (when completed by a VSP member provider), lenses, frames, contacts and more. Special offers also are available through VSP. 

To locate a VSP Choice Plan Provider:

  • Call VSP at 800-877-7195.
  • Visit and click on the Members tab.
  • New Users: Click on Create An Account and enter the last four digits of your SSN. Enter other required information and follow the on-screen instructions.

Upcoming Healthy Boiler workshops

Social wellness, recycling, fitness and more are the topics of upcoming Healthy Boiler workshops. Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan. A variety of live and on-demand workshops, which support the financial wellness pillar of the Healthy Boiler Program, offered by Fidelity also are available. Registration for workshops can be done via the Healthy Boiler Portal, unless otherwise noted. Registration link can be found under the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the workshop’s square and hit “Submit” to register. See the full list of workshops, including access to the Fidelity workshops, on the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” web page.

Call 211 for help for a variety of needs

United Way offers 211 to connect individuals to confidential, expert, caring help for a comprehensive list of resources and services – including help during the COVID-19 pandemic, help paying bills, mental health and more. Simply dial 211 to find the help you need. For more information, visit

Mental health resources available to assist students

Faculty and staff, who work with students or have a student at home, can direct them to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue Graduate Student or Student Health Plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100 percent on the Purdue student health plan.   

Office of the Dean of Students:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS):

Submit tobacco-cessation waiver by March 31 to waive additional premium for entire 2022 plan year

As a reminder, employees (and their spouse, if covered) who certify as tobacco users (a person who has used tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco or any other tobacco product in the past 12 months) during open enrollment each year will pay an additional $1,000 tobacco-user premium on their medical benefits. Full or partial premium waivers can be obtained by completing an approved tobacco cessation program.

Completed program certificates from an approved tobacco cessation program submitted by March 31 will waive the tobacco-user additional premium for the entire 2022 plan year. If the form is submitted after March 31, the premium will be waived for the remainder of the 2022 plan year.

For more information about the additional premium, visit the Purdue Medical Plan Tobacco-User Additional Premium: Questions and Answers web page.

Use the “How Much Will You Save?” calculator provided by to see personalized cost savings results based only on the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

March 31 is deadline to submit 2021 FSA, LPFSA, DCFSA, HRA claims 

Human Resources is reminding employees who used 2021 flexible spending accounts – health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), limited purpose flexible spending accounts (LPFSAs) and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSAs) as well as health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) – that the deadline to submit claims for reimbursement is March 31. Any funds remaining in accounts after March 31 will be forfeited.

Employees needing to submit a claim can use the HSA Bank Reimbursement Request Form or may file a claim online at or through the HSA Bank app – log in, click or tap "File a Claim," select the account and follow the prompts to submit supporting documentation and enter the claim details.

More information is available on these web pages:

Questions can be directed to HSA Bank Customer Service at 800-357-6246 or via email at HRA inquiries should be directed to 844-650-8936.

Human Resources offers discounted entry fees for ‘Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5K’

Save the date! Faculty staff again have the opportunity to register for the annual Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K at discounted rates (50 percent discount), courtesy of Human Resources and the fact that the Healthy Boiler Program is a sponsor of the event. The 2022 Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5K  takes place October 22 and supports the behavioral health, financial wellness and physical health pillars of the Healthy Boiler Program.

To register, visit the 2022 Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5K web page and select either the mini-marathon or the 5K. At the end of the registration process, use the following codes to receive the discounted registration fee.

  • EWChalf for $30 registration fee (plus online processing) for the Boilermaker Half-Marathon
  • EWC5k for the $15 registration fee (plus online processing) for the Boilermaker 5K