The latest work-life information at IU
No. 47
May 2009

University Human Resource Services
Informed Employee

Eldercare Benefit

Indiana University is pleased to announce an enhancement to the IU Employee Assistance Program (IUEAP): Eldercare Benefit. This benefit is to assist full-time Academic and Staff employees who are in a caregiver role for an aging parent or other loved one.

Taking care of parents is an increasingly stressful responsibility that not only affects employees personally but also costs the University in absenteeism and increased healthcare expenses due to the stress it places on employees. As more employees balance work demands with raising a family and taking care of their aging parents, many of whom live thousands of miles away, this benefit will help employees, while also containing healthcare cost increases and other University expenses.

Examples of concerns for which an individual may seek Eldercare services include:

  • Confirmation that a family member is following medical advice and taking prescribed medicines
  • Identifying resources for transportation to doctors’ appointments
  • Extending the time a family member lives independently in her/his home
  • Identifying alternatives to staying in one’s home

Through an agreement with My Health Care Manager, LLC, employees can privately discuss their concerns by telephone with an experienced nurse and receive personalized assistance.

  • Level 1: Fact finding consultation.
  • Level 2: Summary report of care giving issues and recommendations.
  • Level 3: Additional Eldercare services (e.g., on-site assessments, insurance review) are available at discounted group rates.

For details, visit

Indiana University will cover the cost for use of Levels 1 and 2. Services obtained at Level 3 are charged at a reduced rate and paid by the employee.


24-Hour Nurse Line

Employees and dependents covered by an IU medical plan have access to a 24-Hour Nurse Line. Callers can speak with a nurse at any time, day or night, about any health question or concern they have. Specially trained Clarian registered nurses will assess the situation and advise callers how to get the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.

24-Hour Nurse Line

Call 1-866-895-5835 any time.
Press option #1.

The 24-Hour Nurseline does not replace a doctor’s care and is not designed to address emergency situations. In an emergency, call 911.

The Nurse Line can be called for any non-emergency health concerns such as those listed below.

The service is also a valuable information and education resource for employees and family members who want trusted information about routine health concerns and common health problems.


Committee on Healthcare Cost Containment

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced the formation of a blue ribbon committee to identify ways to contain healthcare plan costs while continuing to deliver high-quality health care to employees and their families on all IU campuses.

The committee is chaired by Dr. Thomas Inui, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Regenstrief Institute, which is closely affiliated with the IU School of Medicine. Inui also serves as associate dean for healthcare research and the Sam Regenstrief Professor of Health Services Research in the IU School of Medicine.

Summary of Committee’s Charge

  1. Healthcare benefits are essential for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty, staff, and graduate assistants, and hence must be at least consistent with those provided by IU’s peers.
  2. At a rate of double or triple the general rate of inflation, the containment of healthcare cost increases is essential if IU is going to continue to advance as a great university.
  3. It is necessary to identify ways to cut healthcare costs at IU in both the immediate future and over the longer term, while continuing to deliver high-quality healthcare to employees and their families on all IU campuses.
  4. The Committee should explore a wide range of ways to reduce healthcare costs and make recommendations which ensure that the health of IU employees and their families is maintained or even improved across the continuum of care.
  5. The Committee should give particular attention to ways of reducing healthcare costs that leverage services already provided by, or which could be provided by, the IU School of Medicine and through the University’s unique relationship with other entities such as, Clarian Health, Indiana Clinic, Regenstrief Institute, and Indiana Health Information Exchange.
  6. The Committee should meet regularly and provide a report to the President by August 31, 2009; any interim recommendations should be considered for inclusion in the 2009-10 budget by May 15, 2009.
  7. Input into the Committee’s deliberations should be solicited from all relevant parts of the IU community. The committee should publicize its efforts through a Website and use this to collect input.
  8. Support for the Committee will be provided through the Office of the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

The Web site at contains additional information such as, committee members, a suggestion form, and background material.


Tobacco Use and Health

Smoking Harms People of All Ages

Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.

Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells, preventing affected cells from carrying a full load of oxygen.

Cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) in tobacco smoke damage important genes that control the growth of cells, causing them to grow abnormally or to reproduce too rapidly.
Smoking affects the function of the immune system and may increase the risk for respiratory and other infections.

Oxidative stress mutates DNA, promotes atherosclerosis, and leads to chronic lung injury. Oxidative stress is thought to be the general mechanism behind the aging process, contributing to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and COPD.

The body produces antioxidants to help repair damaged cells. Smokers have lower levels of antioxidants in their blood than do nonsmokers.

Smoking is associated with higher levels of chronic inflammation, another damaging process that may result from oxidative stress.

2004 Surgeon General’s Report—The Health Consequences of Smoking

Tobacco Cessation Benefit

Indiana University covers the cost of a Tobacco Cessation Plan with Free & Clear, Inc. Quit for Life™ cessation program. It is available at any time to all full-time Academic and Staff employees and their dependents 18 or older, even if they are not enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan. The plan is fully paid by the University.

To participate the program or find out more, call 866-784-8454 or visit




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