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Helpful Medicare/Supplement Coverage Information

    Federal Hospital Pricing Requirement

    Prescription Drugs Administered While in the Hospital

    Hospital Inpatient Admission or Observation - Does it Make a Difference?

Helpful End of Life Planning Information

    Recap & Slides from Nov. 2018 PURA “Planning for Your Future” Seminar 

    Planning and Managing End of Life Issues: Open Letter to Retirees

    What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away-A Survivor's Checklist

    Organizing My Affairs    Document     Instructions

    Purdue University Retiree's Association Helpful Contact Information

PURA Health Insurance News

    Preventative Dental Care Plan Discontinued for 2021 

    PURA Health Insurance Plans Renewed for 2021

    New PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO Enrollment Eligibility Policy,
    Fall 2019

    Insurance Coverage for the Shingles Shot 

    Voluntary Preventive Retiree Dental Plan for Retirees Over Age 65: 2019

    Insurance Assistance to Official Retirees Under Age 65 Now Available

    PURA Health Insurance PAST DUE PREMIUMS and
      TERMINATION POLICY effective September 1, 2015

    Paying Your Insurance Premiums

    Guidelines utilized in selecting retiree health insurance plans and provider

Other PURA Benefits

    January 2019 Silver Sneakers Benefit Program Update 

   
Silver Sneakers fitness program

    Purdue Aphasia Support Group Meets Monthly

    Who may use Purdue Center for Healthy Living Services

    PURCare Benefit Plan Vision Coverage

    Purdue Retiree Airport Parking Benefit
 
    Parking Via License Plate Recognition Available to Retirees

    Purdue Global Education Benefit Available to Official Retirees

    Learn how to Retire Smart

Benefits Contacts

    PURA Benefits Committee purpose and contact information

    Purdue Human Resources support/contact information for retiree health/benefits questions

Federal Hospital Pricing Requirement

By PURA Benefits Committee
January 2019

As of January 1, 2019, all hospitals must post online all the costs for the goods and services they provide. It is a requirement of the Affordable Care Act and is part of an effort to bring greater transparency to health care. Hospitals provide the prices they have set for their procedures, services, drugs and supplies on spreadsheets called chargemaster lists.

Finding the chargemaster information on a hospital’s website takes diligence. Typing in the hospital’s name along with keywords “billing” or “chargemaster” might produce a link. If lists are located, the numbers can be misleading and will not help patients figure out their true costs. Most consumers will not be paying the chargemaster prices.

Hospital officials and health care professionals are warning that the chargemaster lists will be of limited use to people with insurance coverage, because the listed prices do not represent consumers’ out-of-pocket responsibility. In addition, the lists contain a hodgepodge of numbers, abbreviations, technical medical terms and codes that may be difficult to decipher. Different hospitals may not display the same items the same way.

Due to the complexity and opaque nature of hospital pricing, the chargemaster lists are unlikely to provide clarity and usefulness to the average person. There are other sources that may be of greater assistance in helping consumers evaluate hospital costs:

1) FAIR Health makes available resources that help consumers understand their health benefits, plan their costs and make the most of their medical and dental coverage. www.fairhealthconsumer.org 

2) Health Care Bluebook Fair Price is the reasonable amount one should pay for a medical service. It is calculated from a nationwide database of medical payment data and customized to an individual’s geographic area. www.healthcarebluebook.com 

3) Indiana Hospital Association has a website which calculates the overall cost of a procedure and allows users to compare hospital charges and quality ratings. www.mycareINsight.org 

When using the above tools, keep in mind they do not take a person’s insurance into account. However, these sources provide helpful resources for estimating health care costs.

Prescription Drugs Administered While in the Hospital

In the event that an individual on the PURcare plan (Senior Supplement + Part D) is admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, Medicare Part A will pay for all drugs that are received, including self-administered drugs.  “Self-administered drugs” are drugs prescribed by a doctor prior to entering the hospital that you would normally take on your own.   The only responsibility of the plan participant will be that of their typical cost share for the inpatient hospital stay. 

A retiree enrolled in the Group Medicare Advantage plan who is admitted as an inpatient will pay only their Hospital per-day copayment; self-administered drugs will be covered.

When a member of the PURcare plan is kept in the hospital on an observation basis, payments for the medical services would be covered under Medicare Part B, which does not cover self-administered drugs under any circumstance.

Under observation, the plan member in PURcare or the Medicare Advantage plan will be billed for self-administered drugs and will be expected to pay the hospital. The member must file a claim for reimbursement under their Part D prescription drug plan.  The Part D plan will reimburse the member on an out-of-network basis which will put all the prescription drugs in a Tier 3 level cost share or copay. The plan will only reimburse the cost of the drug up to an amount that is comparable to a contracted rate; any difference between the charged amount and the reimbursed amount will be the responsibility of the plan member.

Contact the UnitedHealthcare Customer Service number on the back of your Part D or Medicare Advantage ID card to ask for the “Direct Member Reimbursement Form” for prescription reimbursement.  If you have questions or problems, please contact Kate LaMar, Human Resources, at klamar@purdue.edu or (765) 494-1694.

Hospital Inpatient admission or Observation - Does it Make a Difference?

Yes!  The inpatient or observation status of the patient affects Medicare and supplement insurance payments to the hospital, to skilled nursing or rehabilitation facilities, and for prescription drugs.  Administrative personnel at Lafayette area hospitals, St. Elizabeth East Hospital and IU-Arnett Hospital, responsible for compliance with Medicare rules provided the following information. A hospital’s failure to comply with Medicare rules can result in the hospital not being reimbursed for services and possible fines.

Inpatient admitted status is covered by Medicare Part A.  Observation status is covered by Medicare Part B.  Currently the hospital is reimbursed $4400 a day for Part A inpatient admission and $400 a day for observation.  Insurance coverage with PURcare and other Medicare supplement plans and different Medicare Advantage plans varies depending on the plan. 

Important information for you or an advocate to remember when you or a loved one is hospitalized:

  • You should select an advocate before you enter the hospital to speak for you and ask questions in case you cannot.
  • The admitting physician determines whether the patient is admitted as an “inpatient” or admitted “for observation”.
  • Observation—the admitting physician believes the problem can be resolved in less than a 2 midnights stay.  If not resolved in 2 midnights, the status may be changed to inpatient.  However, this does not happen automatically. 
  • Inpatient Admission—the admitting physician believes 3 or more midnights and specialized treatment or care is needed.
  • A patient is not necessarily told whether he/she is admitted as an inpatient or under observation.  The patient or the advocate must ask.
  • The physician’s decision on inpatient admission or observation status is reviewed by a case management team to insure that Medicare rules are met.  If more information is needed, a hospitalist or a specialist’s opinion may be sought.  Medicare rules state that observation status cannot be appealed.  However, one hospital administrator suggested talking to the case management nurse if there are questions about the patient’s observation status.
  • After outpatient surgery certain conditions may warrant further outpatient observation.  Depending of care needed, the patient or advocate must ask whether the status is observation or inpatient admission.
  • There is no Medicare coverage for prescription costs when in observation status.  The prescription bill must be paid by the patient.  The patient can then file a claim with his/her Part D prescription plan for reimbursement.  The claim may or may not be paid depending on the insurance policy.
  • A patient must have inpatient admission status over 3 midnights to be eligible for Medicare to cover a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility stay.  Medicare covers up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility when meeting Medicare requirements. 
    •  PURcare Senior Supplement coverages continue for day 101 and beyond, if the patient continues to meet Medicare requirements.
    • Medicare Advantage plans do not have a 3 midnight inpatient requirement to be eligible for a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility.  Coverage is provided up to 100 days if the patient continues to meet Medicare requirements.

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Recap & Slides from Nov. 2018 PURA “Planning for Your Future” Seminar 

Organized by PURA’s Program Committee, the “Planning for Your Future” seminar, held on November 26, attracted more than 140 Purdue retirees and retirees-to-be for an informative afternoon.

Included was important advice about financial and health care issues, senior living options, and more, featuring local experts sharing their expertise on issues which all senior citizens face as they age, including these, and more.

  • Medical & legal powers of attorney, wills and trusts and related tax implications.
  • The impact of the new tax law on income and other taxes, possible adjustments to financial planning; the benefits of planned giving and/or donating stocks to charities.
  • Having enough income to live comfortably.
  • Services that can be provided by home healthcare agencies to help seniors remain in their homes permanently.
  • Costs of the various care options, and how they impact seniors’ estates.

Evaluations from those in attendance were overwhelmingly positive and generated discussion about repeating this content in future years. With our ever-changing economy, new medical research, the rising cost of prescription drugs and other issues, there certainly will be new information to share. With seminars such as this, the Purposeful Living in Retirement program in the spring, and programs at PURA’s monthly luncheon meetings, we’ll do our best to keep everyone up-to-date.

If you were unable to attend, slides from the seminar may be downloaded here.

Preventative Dental Care Plan Discontinued for 2021

The Voluntary Preventive Retiree Dental Plan that is sponsored by Purdue University and PURA through Anthem BlueCross and Blue Shield (serviced by AmWINS Group Benefits Inc.) was reviewed for renewal. The following issues surfaced:

*Participation has not increased as expected when the plan was introduced.

*The premium cost of the plan increased by 25% for 2020.

*Renewal of the plan for 2021 would come with another 25% percent premium increase.

Due to the above, the plan has become less cost effective, and therefore less attractive to offer to University retirees. After careful review of the renewal proposal with the PURA Benefits Committee, it has been determined that the plan will not be offered in 2021.

While there will not be a sponsored dental plan for retirees over age 65 going forward, the following options are offered for your consideration:

RIPEA-AMBA/Ameritas: https://www.ambadentalvision.com/rtpea 

UHC-Golden Rule: https://www.uhone.com/content/uhone/en 

AARP-Delta Dental: https://www.deltadentalins.com/aarp 

If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at hr@purdue.edu or call 765-494-2222 (local) and 877-725-0222 (toll free).

PURA Health Insurance Plans Renewed for 2021

The Benefits Committee of the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) has renewed the PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO group health insurance plans with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) for 2021. As in the past, the objective was to maintain the best medical and drug insurance plans, at the lowest premium possible, while preserving your ability to see the Medicare healthcare provider of your choice.

Your committee is announcing the following monthly premiums for 2021:

PURcare (UHC Senior Supplement plus Part D prescription plan). $281.43/member

UHC Medicare Advantage PPO (including Part D prescription plan). $178.26/member

The 2021 monthly PURcare premium has decreased $0.37 from the 2020 monthly premium.

An additional historical note: The PURcare monthly premium for 2021 is slightly less than the monthly premium for 2010.

For PURcare members with prescription coverage from the Veteran’s Administration, the 2021 supplement-only monthly premium will be $181.94/member, a decrease of $3.73 (2.0%).

The 2021 monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage PPO Plan will be $178.26. This is a decrease of $19.81 (10.0%). There will be no change to Hospital and Medical co-pays or the Annual Out-of-Pocket Maximum.

There have been no significant changes to the benefits provided by either plan for 2021. Silver Sneakers continues to be included in both plans.

The PURA Benefits Committee’s goal for the future is to continue to provide outstanding group health insurance plans while maintaining stability in monthly premiums. PURA members continue to receive outstanding support from Purdue Human Resources. PURA’s plans support a portion of the costs of the H.R. staff.

If you are currently enrolled in either of the plans, PURcare or Medicare Advantage PPO, and you do not want to make a change, no action is required. Your coverage will automatically continue for 2021. Re-enrollment is not required!

If you elect to terminate your PURA group coverage for a non-PURA plan, you will not be permitted to rejoin later.

Please contact Kate LaMar with questions about plan details or enrollment at klamar@purdue.edu or (765) 494-1694.

Historically, the Purdue PURCare premium (per member, per month) has been:
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New PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO Enrollment Eligibility Policy, Fall 2019


By PURA Benefits Committee

This fall the PURA Benefits Committee enacted a new enrollment eligibility policy for PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO, the two health plans for eligible Purdue University retirees. This new policy went into effect in September 2019.

Purdue retirees 65 years old or older when retiring now have a one-time option to join a PURA retiree group plan during the first or second Medicare Open Enrollment period after their date of retirement when starting Medicare at age 65. For example, a university employee who retires in October 2019 has the 2019 and 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment annual periods (October 15 to December 7) to enroll in one of the PURA health plans. An employee with a retirement date from December 2019 through November 2020 will be eligible to enroll during the 2020 or 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment periods.

There are no additional requirements to this new enrollment policy. However once a retiree waives coverage after his/her two post-retirement Medicare enrollment periods, that individual will not be eligible for Purdue-sponsored retiree health care coverage in the future.

The PURA Benefits Committee continues to be committed to offering comprehensive and affordable medical plans for university retirees. The additional time and flexibility this new enrollment policy provides will assist university employees as they transition to retirement.

Insurance Coverage for the Shingles Shot 

Shingles vaccinations are covered under the PURcare and PURA Medicare Advantage Medicare Supplement Plans as drugs at a Tier 2 (Preferred Brand) copay. Therefore, the Shingles vaccine copay is at the 50% coinsurance level with the $45.00 maximum copay allowed under the plan. In addition, United Healthcare will reimburse up to $20.00 for the administrative fee associated with the administration of the medication.

There are two Shingles vaccines available. Zostavax is a one-time injection. A newer vaccine, called Shingrix, is a two-step injection, typically administered two to six months apart. The applicable fees, as outlined above, apply. For Shingrix, the fees are applied to each injection.

Pharmacies are offering the Shingles vaccine, although at the current time there is a limited quantity. Until supply catches up to demand, it may be necessary to be placed on a waiting list.

Reminder: if you have not gotten your flu shot, it is not too late. (PURA Benefits Committee)

 

Insurance Assistance to Official Retirees Under Age 65 Now Available

October – and open medical insurance enrollment – are just around the corner.  With that in mind, now is a good time to start thinking about your insurance needs and choices for the upcoming year.

Purdue University, in partnership with the Purdue University Retirees Association and the Henriott Group, Inc., has arranged assistance for official Purdue retirees under the age of 65 and not yet eligible for Medicare, to help you understand your health insurance options in retirement.

The Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the Exchange), created as part of the Affordable Care Act, offers health insurance options to ensure everyone in the United States has access to affordable health care.

It is likely that some number of Purdue retirees would be eligible for a premium tax credit (also known as a subsidy) to assist with the cost of healthcare through the Marketplace.  There are several plans available and it can be difficult to find a well-matched plan. That’s where Henriott comes in.  They are knowledgeable and experienced in helping you shop for a plan that best suits your needs.

During Purdue’s annual open enrollment period (beginning in late October) the Henriott Group will be ready to assist you as a Purdue retiree to review coverage options for you and your covered dependents who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

Purdue University and PURA are pleased to be able to offer this assistance, and we encourage you to review your options for 2017.

More specific information will be shared in the upcoming months via PURA News.  In addition, retirees under the age of 65 currently enrolled in a Purdue medical plan will receive information directly from Purdue University in their annual open enrollment brochure.

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PURA Health Insurance PAST DUE PREMIUMS and TERMINATION POLICY
Effective September 1, 2015

The Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) Benefits Committee and Purdue University Human Resources desired to have in place a member eligibility for enrollment and continuation in any Health Insurance Plan offered by PURA and a termination policy  to govern members with 90 days of past due health insurance premiums. Due to various reasons some of our members have not been able to keep current on their premium payments to UnitedHealthcare. The Benefits Committee of PURA working with UnitedHealthcare has developed such a policy effective September 1, 2015. Under the Affordable Care Act UHC can’t terminate a member’s insurance without a policy supported by the sponsoring group.

Eligibility and Enrollment- All official retirees of Purdue University (55 years of age with 10 or more years of service) and their spouse who are Medicare eligible may enroll in Health Insurance Options offers by the Purdue Retirees Association (PURA) in partnership with Purdue University.

All individuals desiring health insurance through one of the PURA plans must individually enroll in the selected plan through the designated staff of Purdue Human Resources.

All members of any PURA sponsored health insurance plan must pay their premiums on the schedule set forth by United Healthcare (UHC).

Involuntary Termination Policy: 

All members of any plan must pay their premiums to UHC on a schedule determined by UHC. Failure to pay premiums will result in the member receiving a past due invoice.

Members who disagree with UHC on any past due premiums by reason of payments made and not recorded or others reasons for disagreement of payment due will have an appeal process to resolve such disagreements.

Failure to pay premiums will result in the forfeiture of eligibility and termination from the plan. No action will be taken to terminate coverage during the first 60 days of delinquency (grace period).

At the end of 90 days of past due premiums, (equivalent of three months of total premiums due) if the member has not responded to the past due invoice by making a full payment of past due amounts, a letter will be sent by UHC indicating that the members coverage will be terminated due to no longer meeting the eligibility requirements for the Purdue/PURA sponsored health insurance.

This letter will be sent at least 21 days prior to the effective termination date to provide the member opportunity to purchase another plan so that they will not have a gap in coverage.

Claims with a date of service provided after the specified termination date will not be considered for payment by UHC. Claims with a valid date of service provided prior to the termination date will be adjudicated and paid according to the plan benefits.

Voluntary Termination: Voluntary termination will result from death of the member, member ineligibility due to moving out-side the United States or by cancellation of the policy at the end of a calendar year. Voluntary termination does not remove the member’s obligation to pay premiums until the time of termination.

Special Note: Members who have past due premiums of 60 or more days prior to the implementation of this policy will be contacted by the Purdue Human Resources Department to work out a plan for each member, if they desire to continue health insurance through PURA.

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Benefits Committee

The Benefits Committee monitors the medical plans for retirees, evaluates changes, and investigates alternatives where advantages may be gained.

A key part of the execution of this committee's responsibilities is through the support provided by the Purdue University Human Resource Services department that handles the communication, gathers additional vital data, and provides a focal point for problem resolution.

The committee also strives to keep retirees aware of additional University benefits and privileges and promotes program improvements where possible.

Questions concerning the PURA health care plan should be sent to Don Gentry, Chair, at dkgentry@purdue.edu

Purdue retirees and spouses are eligible for membership to this or any other PURA committee. Appointments are for a three-year term with membership limited to six consecutive years (two three-year terms). Anyone interested in joining this or any other committee should contact the committee chair.

Guidelines Utilized by the PURA Benefits Committee In Selecting a Health Insurance Plans and Provider

Medicare Senior Supplement Plan (PURcare):

  • Any Senior Supplement plan and provider of the insurance must be able to serve our PURA members wherever they live.
  • The plan must give complete freedom for the member to select any doctor or provider of health services that accept Medicare patients.
  • The plan must cover medical and prescription drugs.
  • Any prescription drug plan must cover any legal drug prescribed by a doctor.
  • The insurance company must have a good reputation for service in the industry.
  • The plan must cover emergency healthcare services while the member is traveling outside the United States.
  • The plan must have a market competitive premium with the lowest possible annual deductible rate and with no or very low co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs to the member.
  • The plan must be comprehensive with marketing advantages over off the shelf plans provided by the insurance company.

Medicare Advantage or Preferred Provider Organization Plan

  • The Plan and provider of the insurance should be able to serve our PURA members wherever they live in the State of Indiana.
  • The plan must cover medical and prescription drugs.
  • The insurance company must have a good reputation for service in the industry.
  • The plan must have a market competitive premium with competitive co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs to the member.
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Retirees Benefits Committee Update

Paying Your Insurance Premiums

Members of PURA Health Insurance plans may pay their premiums for the entire year, pay by the month or use automatic monthly bank debits for the premium payments, known as Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). EFT is highly recommended as a reliable and convenient way to make your premium payments. A member can change their method of payment anytime throughout the year. A large number of our members use this method and have experienced no problems. If you are interested in making a change in your payment method, contact Kate LaMar at 765-494-1694.

Purdue Human Resources Support

PURA members continue to receive outstanding support from Purdue Human Resources. Our support person for health insurance is Kate LaMar. Please email or phone Kate with questions at klamar@purdue.edu or 765-494-1694. Any questions related to PURA activities, updating your contact information (mailing address, email address) please phone or email Hannah Austerman at jacksonh@purdue.edu or 765-494-7395.

Purdue HR Retirees Status and Privileges Policy

January 2019 Silver Sneakers Benefit Program Update 

By PURA Benefits Committee
January 2019

Silver Sneakers continues as a no-cost benefit program through December 31, 2019 for PURA members who are enrolled in United Healthcare’s PURcare and PURA Medical Advantage Medicare Supplement Plans.

Silver Sneakers is a nationwide program that encourages and facilitates seniors to maintain better control of their health through physical activity. Silver Sneakers membership grants access on a no-charge basis to any participating gym location.

Although United Healthcare has shifted some of its health plans to an alternate fitness program managed by a different company effective January 1, 2019, United Healthcare has confirmed that Silver Sneakers will remain available for the remainder of this year for the two PURA Medicare supplement plans. For January 1, 2020, and thereafter, Silver Sneakers availability will be subject to discussions and negotiations with United Healthcare.

The PURA Benefits Committee is aware of the popularity of the Silver Sneakers program and will strive to retain the program for those utilizing the PURcare and PURA Medicare Advantage Plans. The committee has expressed concern to United Healthcare regarding a shift to a different program and has made Silver Sneakers retention a high priority. If there must be a transition to a different program, every effort will be made to make the transition as seamless and transparent as possible.

The Benefits Committee will keep you informed during the upcoming months as new information becomes available.

SilverSneakers Fitness Program

A UnitedHealthcare Benefit for PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO Retirees

SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. SilverSneakers provides a fitness center membership to any participating location across the country. You can join a center close to where you live or at any participating location while you’re traveling.

Benefits Include:

  • Access to conditioning classes, exercise equipment, pools, sauna and other available amenities in participating centers
  • Customized classes
  • Health education seminars
  • Specially trained Program Advisors at fitness centers

Cordova Recreational Sports Center Open For Silversneakers

The wait is over! All PURA Health Insurance participants are now eligible to use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center at no charge.

To use the Cordova Recreational Sports Center either take your current Silversneakers card plus your Purdue ID, or, if you do not have a Silversneaker card, take you PURA United Healthcare medical card and your Purdue ID to the registration desk to get instructions on using the facility. If you do not have a Purdue ID, take a photo ID with you and the registration desk will put you in the system.

PURA and its over 2500 Health Insurance members participants are most appreciative to Purdue University and particularly thank Howard Taylor, Director of the CRSC for making this benefit available to our members.

Would you like to know more about SilverSneakers? 

To check out the benefits and locations, visit the web site, www.silversneakers.com .

Participating Fitness Centers in the Lafayette/West Lafayette Area:

  • Cordova Recreational Sports Center, Purdue University
  • Lyles-Porter Hall, northwest corner of Harrison & University Streets, West Lafayette
  • Club Newtone, 725 Sagamore Pkwy N., Lafayette
  • Lafayette Family YMCA, 1950 S. 18th St., Lafayette
  • Snap Fitness – Lafayette, 3830 State Rd. 26 E., Lafayette
  • Snap Fitness – West Lafayette, 2060 US 52, West Lafayette
  • Curves (women only), 441 Sagamore Pkwy., West Lafayette
  • Curves (women only), 2200 Elmwood Ave., Lafayette
  • Curves (women only), 3613 18th St., Lafayette
How do I start?

To participate or to just take a tour, take your UnitedHealthcare Medical Insurance card to a location of your choice.

If you are a member or want to see if you are eligible, please call:

Toll-free: 888-423-4632, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.
E-mail:  silversneakerswebcontact@healthways.com

Purdue Aphasia Group Meets Monthly 

Stroke is the second leading cause of mortality worldwide, and the major cause of long-term disability in adults. In Indiana, being firmly situated in the 'Stroke Belt', there is a higher incidence of stroke than in the rest of the nation (according to the Kentucky Indiana Stroke Association).

One of the persisting disabilities of stroke patients is the loss of communication abilities (aphasia), affecting all modalities of communication including one's ability to speak, to comprehend, to read, and/or to write. Research evidence shows that persons with aphasia continue to improve their communication skills with continued participation in communication-based activities and interactions—even years post-stroke—significantly improving their quality of life.

The Purdue Aphasia Research Laboratory is working to better understand how persons with aphasia process information during listening and speaking, and to identify factors and conditions that maximize re-learning of language. Persons who have had a stroke resulting in aphasia are invited to participate in our research.

Participation in the Laboratory’s research is free of charge and a comprehensive language evaluation is completed prior to participating. If interested, please contact them by email at aphasia@purdue.edu, on their website, https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/aphasia/, or by phone at 765-496-0216.

The Purdue Aphasia Support Group meets once a month and strives to be a comfortable setting for guided conversation practice for people with aphasia and their caregivers. The focus is on social activities as well as informational topics. If you have aphasia, please consider attending this support group, typically on the first Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 pm, on Purdue’s campus. For more information, please see the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PurdueAphasiaGroup, or call 765-496-0216.

Retirees on Purdue Health Plan, Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 1 or Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2 Can Use Center for Healthy Living

Purdue’s new Center for Healthy Living opened Feb. 27 in the Purdue West Shopping Center at 1400 W. State St. The center serves benefits-eligible employees, retirees and their dependents covered on the Purdue Health Plan, Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 1 or Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2 medical plans. Retirees must be covered by one of these three medical plans to be eligible to use the center. Retirees 65 and over with United Healthcare (PURcare and Medicare Advantage PPO) are not eligible to use the services of the Center for Healthy Living at this time.

For more information about the center, including services, costs and hours, visit www.purdue.edu/healthyliving. For questions, call the center at 765-494-0111 or contact Purdue Human Resources at 765-494-2222.

ATTENTION FUTURE PURDUE RETIREES!

Are you concerned about Medical and Prescription Drug Insurance after you retire?

As you plan for your retirement the decision you make on Supplemental Medical and Prescription Drug health insurance will be one of your most important decisions.  There are lots of choices and if you are healthy now you may be tempted to buy the cheapest available plan.  However, we suggest that you consider that as you grow older your medical and drug needs will most likely increase—maybe exponentially.  The old adage of “pay me now or pay me later” applies here. Find out more about the Purdue retiree's group insurance plan, PURcare, here.

Purdue Retiree Airport Parking Benefit

By PURA Benefits Committee
February 2019

The Fast Park and Relax airport parking facility has invited Purdue retirees to take advantage of the same perks offered to Purdue employees.

Fast Park and Relax is Purdue’s preferred airport parking provider and offers a corporate rewards program to earn points towards free parking. Two of Fast Park and Relax 17 nationwide locations are at the Indianapolis International Airport and at Chicago’s Midway Airport.

To sign up for the Purdue University Fast Park and Relax rewards program and to view options and features, go to:

http://enrollnow.thefastpark.com/e01f2e67-8319-41a0-88a9-0008479976a6

Once signed up for the rewards program, reservations can be made by going to: http://www.thefastpark.com . Sign into your Rewards account at the top right for reservations at any of the 17 locations listed in the drop-down menu.


Parking Via License Plate Recognition Available to Retirees

The December 2017 PURA News announced that Purdue University (West Lafayette Campus) Parking Facilities was about to initiate implementation of its new License Plate Recognition (LPR) software. You may recall that the LPR system allows Parking Facilities to enforce parking using the vehicle’s license plate rather than a physical permit displayed in the window. The system allows parking enforcement officers to utilize a scanner that reads license plates as they patrol to determine if a vehicle parked in that space has been properly registered with Purdue Parking facilities for on-campus parking.

What does this mean for Purdue University retirees? THERE IS NO IMPACT FOR CURRENT PURDUE UNIVERSITY RETIREES!

You received a Gold Purdue University parking permit during August 2017. This permit allows the privilege of parking on campus through July 31, 2022. Purdue retirees whose retirement dates were before January 15, 2018, will, if they wish, continue to receive physical parking permits after August 31, 2022.
Retirees, upon acceptance of a post-retirement appointment, will register their vehicles using the LPR system.

There is no intent to require current retirees to convert to the LPR system, but retirees may do so if they wish.


1. To complete the registration, you will need to have the following information available:
a) License Plate Number and Type

b) Registration Expiration Month and Year

c) Vehicle Make, Model, Year and Color

Reminder: you may register more than one vehicle, but no more than one vehicle may be parked on campus at any time.

2. To access the “Parking Portal”, a valid Purdue Career Account (Username/Password) will be required. If you know your Username and Password, you will be able to continue with the login and registration of your vehicle(s).

If you do not know or have forgotten your Username and Password and you wish to register your vehicle(s) on LPR, you should contact IT@P at 494-4000 for assistance in updating your Purdue Career Account.

If you do not have a current Career Account, you should contact the HR Services Center at 494-2222 for assistance in gaining authorization to establish a Career Account. Following the HR authorization, IT@P will aid you in establishing a valid Purdue Career Account.

3. DO NOT DESTROY THE GOLD PARKING PERMIT. You will still need it to gain access to the University’s gated parking facilities. You will be notified when the gated parking facilities are converted to LPR.

Step by step instructions for registering your vehicle(s) using the LPR System.

While as retirees we are not required to convert our vehicle registration to LPR, we can assist the University by being a part of its implementation now.


Purdue Global Education Benefit Available to Official Retirees

Purdue University recently announced a new educational tuition benefit available to official retirees through the newly established Purdue University Global (PG) online university.

Official retirees from any Purdue system campus can take advantage of the tuition benefit to pursue certificates, associate, bachelors and master’s degrees tuition free. Purdue Global offers more than 100 degree and non-degree programs to choose from.

Spouses and dependents of official retirees as defined in Policy VI.A.1: Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty and Staff, Surviving Spouses and Surviving Children are provided the opportunity to pursue a degree online from Purdue Global and receive a partial fee remission.

Before beginning the enrollment process, there are few things to know and do.
1. Review the PG Education Benefits Guidelines, the PG Education Benefit Manual, and FAQs located here, which provides more details about the PG Education Benefit, program requirements, and specific tuition discounts by program.

2. Next, complete the Intake Form located here. Be sure to fill in the program of study and desired start date you are interested in – which will allow the appropriate admissions advisor to reach out and reduce potential delays in form processing.

3. Email your completed Intake Form to edbenefits@purdueglobal.edu 

4. Once a completed intake form is submitted, an admissions advisor will call to help complete the admissions process. Due to the volume of interest and individualized attention, the advisor’s response may take up to six business days.

Purdue University Global Resources

To view Purdue Global programs offered, visit the Purdue Global website. For program of study assistance call 844-787-3834.

Policy VI.A.1: Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty and Staff, Surviving Spouses and Surviving Children is located here.

For questions regarding the PG Education Benefit, visit the Purdue Global Education Remission Benefit website or email the Bursar at remissions@purdue.edu 

For more information for Purdue retirees visit
Purdue University's Human Resources' Benefit webpage.

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