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SilverSneakers is a non-contractual benefit that has been included with some MA and Medigap plans issued by UHC, Humana, Blue Cross plans. Availability varies by carrier and state.

 

AARP has no input regarding SilverSneakers. This is a UHC decision and their alone.

 

You can read more here.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/04/673249571/unitedhealthcare-customers-are-unhapp...

 

Check SilverSneakers availability by carrier and state here.

https://tools.silversneakers.com/Eligibility/HealthPlans

 

If you have a Medigap plan you can change to a different carrier/plan at any time subject to underwriting. Some states have birthday or anniversary rules that allow you to bypass underwriting.

 

Medicare Advantage can only be changed during AEP unless you have an SEP qualifying event.

 


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some people say it's united health care, not aarp.    i disagree.

 

i have no respect whatsoever for aarp -- they are supposed to be representing 'retired persons' -- what a joke!!!!!

 

and they are such a disappointment, particularly with their brand new advertising "...you don't need to be retired to be a member of aarp..." - at a discounted rate to boot.    

 

they have NOT been protecting retired persons, if they were, they would have opposed this mess in our behalf.    

 

ps  when i called AARP and even united, the people i spoke with had no answers, no clue.  it was obvious, at the time, they were told to have no answers.

 

can't wait to not renew -- but i'm just a retireee -- they'll be making money on all those NON-retirees 50 years old.     beware you 50 year olds, don't fall for their concern for you.      

 

     

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I am so annoyed about this whole situation with Silver Sneakers being cancelled on my plan in just over a few months.  I have been with a gym (Chuze in California) for over 10 years and had a great membership price with them and when AARP United Health Care Plan F offered this as an inclusion to my insurance, that's why I bought this Plan.  I went to the gym today and was turned away because they no longer take Silver Sneakers and they said I need to REAPPLY at my gym and pretty much start over paying yearly/monthly fees AT A MUCH HIGHER RATE NOW.  This is just not right.  That is the BIG reason I chose this Plan F (WHICH IS VERY EXPENSIVE IN ITSELF) because I was getting Silver Sneakers included.  These **bleep** insurance companies screw us one way or another all the time but increase the yearly rates for our plans VERY EASILY.  Not a happy camper right now with United Health Care/AARP Medicare Plans.  

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I just joined the Silver Sneakers group in Oct. 2018, and loved it, but on

Dec. 15th - they said I was no longer eligible.  I never received any notice

that they were eliminating this from their UHC Supplement plan in Michigan.

I called and was told that they eliminated this from many states.  This is

very upsetting, since, I would think this is a great benefit to staying healthy.

 

Online, I see many others that are upset about this elimination.  When it

is open enrollment for 2019 in Oct., I will be changing to another plan that covers this. 

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@deegeewhy wrote:

I live in Oregon and recently became eligible for Medicare.  Purchase Plan F Medigap from AARP United Healthcare, but don't seem to be able to get Silver Sneakers.  Previous poster to this forum suggested that it IS available in Oregon.

So .. which is it?   Can I get Silver Sneakers with AARP UNC Plan F in Oregon, or not ?


Go to the Silver Sneaker website plan locator page, put in your state and it will give you a list of all the Medicare plans ( both Medicare Medigap plans, if any, and Medicare Advantage plans)  which offer the Silver Sneaker program.

 

https://tools.silversneakers.com/Eligibility/HealthPlans?state=IL

 

Very few Medicare Medigap plans (supplemental plans) offer the Silver Sneakers program.

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I live in Oregon and recently became eligible for Medicare.  Purchase Plan F Medigap from AARP United Healthcare, but don't seem to be able to get Silver Sneakers.  Previous poster to this forum suggested that it IS available in Oregon.

So .. which is it?   Can I get Silver Sneakers with AARP UNC Plan F in Oregon, or not ?

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My brother called UHC / AARP and was told that it was valid in the 3 states I mentioned.   He has been using UHC/AARP medigap for years.   When I called them, I didn't get into where it was offered, but was definitely told not in Washington State.

 

Fortunately I've found that our local senior center has a weight/cardio room which I can use with an annual membership fee of $40, plus a one-time $60 charge for a 15-session hands-on course covering the use of the various machines.

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@Indianrock wrote:

I'm curious why United Health Care / AARP Medigap would offer Silver Sneakers in some states but not in others?   Apparently the deal is available in California, Oregon and Nevada, but not my home state of Washington.


It would be nice if you could provide a source for your information.

 

According to the SilverSneakers Medicare Health Plan locator,

SilverSneakers Medicare Health Plan locator by state

in those states and others, the only plans which come up which are supplied by AARP/UHC are Medicare Complete plans which are Medicare Advantage plans NOT Medigap plans.

 

I can find NO CURRENTLY OFFERED AARP Medicare Supplemental  (Medigap) plans by United Healthcare in any state which offers the SilverSneakers benefit - 

 

You maybe right but without a stated source - who knows - seems this is very confusing but it is UHC that controls the plans NOT AARP.  UHC with the affiliation of AARP sells both Supplemental (Medigap) plans and Medicare Advantage plans.  A special benefit like SilverSneakers can be purchased with plans when it is specified - continuous coverage as long as you don't change or drop a supplemental (Medigap) plan but annually offered under Medicare Advantage plans since these types of benefits (MA) are offered annually and can change in benefit design annually.

 

Another thing which you might find somewhat amusing - if you buy a supplemental plan (Medigap) in your state - if you move to another state, you can most likely still use the same plan - course your plan would then most likely have premiums based on your new resident state rules.

 Medicare.gov - Medigap plans - What If I Move Out of State

 

 From the link:

You can keep your current Medigap policy regardless of where you live as long as you still have Original Medicare. If you want to switch to a different Medigap policy, you'll have to check with your current or new insurance company to see if they'll offer you a different policy.

 

If you decide to switch, you may have to pay more for your new Medigap policy. You may also have to answer some medical questions if you're buying a Medigap policy outside of your Medigap open enrollment period.

 

So I wonder why we  could not buy a Medigap plan anywhere in the country?

Course, the SilverSneakers benefit is not a benefit that is regulated by the government so it most likely would not go with the plan if you move from one state to another state.

 

 

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I'm curious why United Health Care / AARP Medigap would offer Silver Sneakers in some states but not in others?   Apparently the deal is available in California, Oregon and Nevada, but not my home state of Washington.

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