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I got the letter here in Indiana yesterday, and I'm not happy. The Silver Sneakers benefit is what compelled me to move from the small fitness center I was attending (which had become too pricey for someone not working full-time) to the Y, which honored Silver Sneakers and allowed me to join for nothing, with no monthly fee. That was a no-brainer--even if I didn't attend classes or use the machines I could use the track and attend the paid Reformer class, which is less expensive for members. I've been doing all of the above since joining in May. And now United is pulling the rug out?! Shame on them. Shame on AARP for not advocating for its members with a company they endorse. And shame on me for not taking my husband's advice and signing with a cheaper insurance company--I thought AARP's endorsement of UHC meant something. Maybe the money I pay to belong to AARP will have to go toward paying for a new gym membership and switching to another insurance company.

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Not if you have UHC thru AARP.  Silver Sneakers has been dropped from this supplemental plan.  

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I have medicare because of being on disability. It was healthnet and they changed to Allwell. I have been told for the past 2.5 years that silver sneakers is a benefit with medicare and that I would receive a card. Still have yet to receive any information on the program from healthnet, allwell or medicare. My agent said the local gyms knows about it and if I just go with my medicare card they will honor it.

 

The cancellation/reduced benefit that is being talked about appears to be related to UHC or other specific insurance companies. Does anyone know if medicare/disability is also cancelling this program?

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UHC has a new plan for gym membership. Optum Fitness. 

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@BeckyLHunt wrote: 

WHO THEN?

 UHC.  This is a benefit offered by the insurance company (outside of the insurance contract).  They control it entirely.  According to other posts they are not the only company that has done this.


AARP?

I called AARP.  The representative had no knowledge of this.

 

Obviously not them.

 

Ron

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Hey AARP.  Thanks for letting United Healthcare discontinue Silver Sneakers in Arizona.  It's the one benefit that my wife and I got via AARP by choosing the AARP/United Healthcare supplement coverage over other options.  Looks like you forgot to stand up for us with your United Healthcare endorsement.

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Check the Silver Sneakers website. I thought eligibility for this program was based more on your health insurance than on AARP membership, at least that's how I joined. My Blue Cross Medigap supplement includes it. I just went on the Silver Sneakers website and entered my Medigap info to get approved. My membership is covered 100%. (If AARP;s United Healthcare doesn't cover it, or doesn't cover it in full, that wouldn't surprise me.)
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One of our reasons for picking AARP is because of the Silver Sneakers benefit.  Where can I find information about the program and whether it is continuing ?

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I just signed up with AARP in April of 2018 and was told that Silver Sneakers was a part of the package that they offered me.  I was paying for a gym membership at the time and was delighted that Siver Sneakers was offered with my meidgap suppliment if I used AARP.  I request that they honor their propaganda and let us seniors have that access to a health club.  It was a deciding factor for me to go with AARP.   They do not seem to be on the ball with caring for seniors anymore.  Just another group in cahoots with the insurance industry. What a shame.

 

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I received my letter today from UHC which said I could give it to my fitness gym so I could start paying 50% of the monthly fee.  WHY is it going to cost money now?  Does everyone know that now?

 

WHAT?

 

I called UHC and told the representative that I was livid.  He told me there were many calls today from people like me.  He also said it was a corporate decision.

 

AARP?

 

I called AARP.  The representative had no knowledge of this.  She did tell me she was sorry.

 

I think AARP needs to stop endorsing UHC.  I think AARP wants its consituency to be healthy, and the way to do that is to KEEP MOVING.

 

WHO THEN?

 

I called my insurance person.  I am interested in another company who uses Silver Sneakers and allows no-cost gym use.  He has not responded yet.

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