The Torch - October issue

The Torch - the official newsletter for Indiana state employees

The SECC E-Pledge system is back up and running to make or update donations

We apologize for the recent issues with the E-Pledge system; however, the system is now back online!  Employees can now log in from to either start a new donation or confirm their continuous giving amounts.  Due to the delay, the campaign is extended through Friday, November 17.

Continuous donors now have access to update their pledge for the 2017 campaign.  If you wish to keep it the same, then there is no need for you to login.  If you do wish to update it, please follow these steps:

  • Go to and select the Donate Now button on the right.  Log in using the information requested. 
  • Select Give Now from the top menu options and select update on that page.  The system then directs you to your account history page.  
  • On the account history page, please scroll to the second table (Recent Transactions) and click on the binder clip icon to view the transaction details.
  • The top row is the most recent donation. At the bottom of that page, is an Update button to make your changes. (If no button is present, the wrong transaction has been selected.)  This brings up your current pledge with another update button. 
  • Please select update and if you wish to increase or decrease the amount you are withholding from your pay select the payroll deduction option and it will prompt you through the rest of the process. 

If you continue to have challenges operating the system, email SECC staff at

Plan to get your flu shot this October

Flu Shot

The number one way to protect yourself and your family from the flu this year is to get a flu vaccination. According to a research study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine reduces the risk of seeing a doctor in conjunction with the flu by approximately 60 percent. While the vaccine does not guarantee you won’t catch the flu, it does reduce the chances, and, if you do get sick, your illness typically is milder.

CVS has partnered with the state to offer flu shot clinics at many state facilities across Indiana. The onsite vaccination clinics will be available to anyone 11 years of age and older. For employees and dependents who carry state insurance, the flu vaccine is covered at 100 percent. Please be sure to bring your Anthem ID and waiver form when attending the flu shot clinic.

If you do not carry state insurance, you may still receive a flu shot at one of the clinics. The cost of the vaccine will vary depending on your age. For those patients under 65 years of age the cost will be $40.99, while patients over the age of 65 can receive their vaccine for $66.99. Payments can be made by check to CVS Pharmacy. Please note, other insurances may also be accepted but are not guaranteed.

Note: Nasal vaccines are not being provided this year.


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Download the full issue of The Torch to read these stories: 

Open Enrollment begins soon!

  • On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for 10 expansion counties (pg. 2)
  • Exclusive Butler Arts Center Discounts (pg. 2)
  • Participate in the Great ShakeOut drill (pg. 3)
  • Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library (pg. 3)
  • Jerry's October artwork (pg. 3)
  • Secretary of State Connie Lawson embarks on fraud education tour (pg. 4)
  • Check out these fall entertainment discounts (pg. 4)
  • Governor names Dr. Kristina Box as State's Health Commissioner (pg. 5)
  • Plan to get your flu shot this October (pg. 6)
  • Reducing your healthcare cost while receiving the care you need (pg. 6)
  • Prepare for flu season (pg. 7)
  • Estate Planning with Elements (pg. 9)
  • Drug Take-Back event ( pg. 10)

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