FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President
PRIORITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In case you missed our March News Flash, 2011 accomplishments and our 2012 priorities can be found here. Thanks to the many volunteers and those who have sent us numerous accolades!
ONE-STOP SHOPPING THROUGH OUR MAILBOX
During the month of March we responded to many retiree benefit inquiries, including the following question, “I am currently on Medicare and the Intel Retiree Medical supplemental plan because I need to stay enrolled so my wife gets the same plan. She is younger, and is a ways from Medicare eligibility. Can I switch to other insurance and keep my wife on IRMP?” This is question 14 (with the answer) on our webpage. If you have other questions you cannot get answers to from the Intel 1-800 support line, use our mailbox and we will use our contacts within Intel to get answers for you.
HEALTH AND BENEFITS COMMITTEE – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT BEGINS HEARING HEALTH CARE REFORM CASE
The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about the April Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. It is a very informative overview of the issues, possible decisions and possible ramifications of those decisions.
SEARCH THE RETIREE WEBSITE TO FIND ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
There is a lot of information on the Intel Retiree Organization website. How can you find what you are looking for? Use the search box, top right corner of every webpage. For example, click here to search and find the cost and details of the Intel Retiree Medical Plan.
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE – Ben Manny, Chairperson
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT AN INTEL CAMPUS
Intel is piloting a new employee greeting program, Onboarding, which involves Intel retirees. Retirees will help welcome new employees on their first day by meeting them upon arrival, escorting them and joining them for lunch. Click here for details on what will be currently expected. The initial pilot program will be held in Oregon, but Onboarding is expected to expand to other sites if successful and if there is sufficient interest from retirees. If you are interested in volunteering, please reply to Ben Manny.
COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE –Randy Williams and Debbie Watson, Co-Chairpersons
Thanks to Howard High for chairing our Communication Committee over the last 10 months. Debbie Watson, a 2007 retiree, has volunteered to be 2-in-a-box with Randy. In her new role, Debbie will be soliciting input for One-of-Our-Own articles. Read about Debbie’s interesting retirement life here and learn how you can contribute an article.
BAY AREA – On April 28th we are going to the races at Golden Gate Fields. We have a limited number of discount tickets. See our calendar for some details. Complete details have been mailed to our retirees via Evite. So if we don’t have your email address, you will not have the final details on how to get to the races. You can send your email address to our mailbox.
NEW MEXICO – Abigail Scott, our new site representative, will be emailing a survey this week to learn what your interests are, how involved you would like to be and how you would like your retiree organization to work for you. We need your input to be effective for you. Thank you in advance for participating. If you receive an email address from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, it is from your New Mexico site representative.