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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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Considering UHC made almost 12 billion in profits for 2017 and the fact that AARP endorses them, I feel abandoned by both in favor of corporate greed. How in the world could AARP not step in and advocate senior health. I am now given the opportunity to pay $29.99 a mo. for gym. membership because AARP let me down. "Tell it goodbye" next year AARP.

 


United Healthcare pays AARP royalties for the use of their name for marketing purposes - AARP does this with lots of different products and services.  Is that an indication that they recommend this vendor other than making money from the use of their name - you decide.

 

AARP has their own wellness and fitness program which can cover all their members not just the ones who have a Medicare policy -  True, it is not the same as Silver Sneakers but this should be where their attention should be placed - advocating health and wellness for ALL their membership - which now, I believe starts at age 50, long before a member is eligible for a Medicare plan.

 

UHC has a lot of different insurance markets - Medicare Advantage plans are their biggest market, followed by their MEDICAID managed care plans with states.  They are also very big in the Employer group market and work with them on their retiree plans (Medicare Advantage).  Their Medicare gap insurance coverage (Medigap or Medicare Supplemental policies) isn't that big compared to their other types and tends to have many players (other insurance companies).

 

ONLY about 25% of all Medicare beneficiaries have a Medicare Supplemental policy (Medigap).  They are expensive for many beneficiaries and thus are not affordable to many.

 

UHC  makes  lots of money from their Optum division - in fact, their new health and wellness program replacing Silver Sneakers in their Medicare Advantage plans is linked to the UHC Optum brand.

 

Healthcare Finance News - April 2018 - UnitedHealth Group grows first quarter profits driven by Medi...

 

Perhaps AARP would consider a royalty deal with Silver Sneakers.  Silver Sneakers can use the AARP name in return for a special deal with whatever gym that uses the program.

 

 

 

 

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Considering UHC made almost 12 billion in profits for 2017 and the fact that AARP endorses them, I feel abandoned by both in favor of corporate greed. How in the world could AARP not step in and advocate senior health. I am now given the opportunity to pay $29.99 a mo. for gym. membership because AARP let me down. "Tell it goodbye" next year AARP.

 

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I am very upset with this decision! This was one of the reasons I decided to go with AARP.  I guess you would rather see people unhealthy. Poor decision 😡

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All For AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance program

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Okay, AARP has a right to drop Silver Sneakers from their benefits, but what burns me is that I received my letter informing me of the change  2 days after the "open enrollment" deadline!  Lame!!

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I joined SilverSneakers and a Gym a couple of months ago with this program.  I guess it's time to shop again.  AARP, your suppose to advocate for Seniors and have a program that works.  Your nothing more than a Insurance Company who claims to advocate for seniors?  Time to shop again...

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All For AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance program

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@soosh

 

AARP has their own program - lots of members don't have access to or transportation available to a fitness center.  They may not even have a Medicare plan - Medigap or Advantage.  They may have a local senior citizens center or a group of friends that get together.  So AARP gives some basics and some access via videos or instructions and articles - there are many of them.

 

Examples:

AARP - Exercise, Fitness and Workout Tips and Advice

 

AARP - Lauching Exercise Routines at 65+ and 70+ Benefits Health

 

These types of things are available to ALL their members not just the ones with a Medicare Plan bearing their name.

 

AARP gets royalties from UHC or any other vendor that has a contractual agreement with them for the use of their name.  If you look hard enough this is disclosed in the small /smaller / smallest print or should be.

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All For AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance program

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I agree with you 100% and understand if United Healthcare decides to drop the benefit.  What I do take exception to is AARP standing behind or suggesting this as the Healtcare plan that they recomend.  My reason for this is that they are constantly suggesting the benefits of exercise, how important it is to stay active and to interact with people.  At the facility I attend this is all offered and meets a lot of needs with special classes, swimming, lessons and/or independant exercise.  Although it is possible to obtain 1/2 price membership by changing to another offering, many people who attend this facility on a regular basis cannot afford that.  They are on a limited budget. AARP has really let us down on this one.

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All For AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance program

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What 's really " FREE " or NO cost ?

As others have shown in the various post on this topic, they have found cheaper plans.

 

Under a regular Supplemental plan (Medigap) there is no assurance that any of these "EXTRA" benefits will stay in place on a policy forever because the coverage is not a part of what a Medigap plan has to cover per Medicare.

 

I have not seen how these so called new "Plan F EXTRA or Plus" plans by Medigap insurers in some states word these extra benefits in their policy, if any different than a regular Plan F.  Do they give a better (contractual) assurance that these extra benefits stay for the life of the policy?

 

 

 

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All For AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance program

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AARP's community reply to members regarding UHC dropping Silver Sneakers is weak.  Basically, it just carbon copies UHC's spin on dropping Silver Sneakers.  I hate it when somebody tries to tell me that replacing a no cost benefit with one that will cost me is somehow better.  Frankly, I find an online fitness coach to be worthless and hardly a benefit.  AARP makes no claim for even trying to convince UHC to keep Silver Sneakers.  Hey UHC, if you want to provide better benefits to more subscribers, why not keep Silver Sneakers for those who have access to participating facilities, AND give the 50-50 split benefit to those who can't use Silver Sneakers?

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Re: AARP - BRING Back Silver Sneakers as a UHC Medicare Supplement BENEFIT, not a charge!!!!

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