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I signed up for AARP medicare insurance because of Silver Sneaker which allows me to exercise for my health.  What a nasty surprise when I got a letter in Jan that the program has been discontinued.  The letter claimed that I was notified, but I don't remember seeing any communication on that!.  It is too late to change this year, but if this don't change, I will definitely resign my membership and go to a competitor at next year's open enrollment!

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@ls63763447 wrote:

I don’t know of any special provisions through the insurance but do you have a local Senior Center?  They may have exercise equipment and senior exercise classes available.  Our Senior Center offers both as well as many other activities.  The yearly fee is only $10.


If that is the "Silver Sneakers FLEX program, you can participate at most places without having any sort of Medicare Insurance eligibility by paying the small(er) fee.  I believe that the yearly fee is based on the extent of the (specific) program which they offer - the number of trained instructors, the number and types of programs and the equipment which they have on hand.

 

Sounds like right up many seniors alley - no or low cost / exercise program / comraderie/ local

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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I don’t know of any special provisions through the insurance but do you have a local Senior Center?  They may have exercise equipment and senior exercise classes available.  Our Senior Center offers both as well as many other activities.  The yearly fee is only $10.

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I use Silver Sneakers to maintain my good health, especially blood pressure. This was encouraged by my medical provider to prevent  potential strokes or heart attacks simply because of my age. I finally made that commitment to use the program. and my local vendor has the one key machine (“Cardiogym”) that really makes a difference. 

 

The fee for Silver Sneakers that I must pay now is $30 a month at my local gym.  Living on Social Security alone, this fee is not affordable and now I must drop my membership this month. 

 

It is painful to realize the following: several major insurances do provide free memberships, e.g. Blue Cross and Aetna.  Meanwhile my monthly AARP/United Health Insurance premium continues to increase; my coverage now costs $200/month. but the one benefit that made a difference has now been taken away.

 

Is there a provision that can be given for those like myself who cannot pay the new Silver Sneaker fees?

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We are disgusted that aarp dropped the silver sneakers program! We would like a reinstatement of this program! Most seniors cannot afford a gym membership and this was a way to save aarp money and keep us healthy! BOO  to aarp ! We will be finding another insurance that pays for silversneaker!

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Many of us are not interested in videos and advice.  We mainly are interested in free or afordable access to a local fitness center.  Silver Sneakers provided that!

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I was told that in California, for those of us with a medigap supplement policy, we can switch to another medigap company during the 30 day following our birthday.  We cannot be turned down or charged more due to pre-existing conditions.  It's known as the California Medigap Birthday Rule.  Here's a link to more about it:  https://www.senior65.com/medicare/article/how-does-californias-new-medigap-birthday-rule-work

 

Oregon also has a birthday rule, and my understanding is that Connecticut and New York have similar protections.  If you live in one of these states and are interested in switching, check it out.

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Attention all those who think they cannot switch to another company until next December. Medical Mutual of Ohio is currently allowing those of us who have a Medicare Supplement with another company to swith to them with no health questions asked and you can do this for a few more months. I did it after December 7th and got my Silver Sneakers back AND saved money each month. I will not be sorry I made this move!
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Attention all those who think they cannot switch to another company until next December. Medical Mutual of Ohio is currently allowing those of us who have a Medicare Supplement with another company to swith to them with no health questions asked and you can do this for a few more months. I did it after December 7th and got my Silver Sneakers back AND saved money each month. I will not be sorry I made this move!

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I tooam very upset about UHC  dropping Silver Sneakers.  I am one  of those that can not afford to pay for a membership.  The benefits of Silver Sneakers is priceless to me.  I have met new friends, enjoyed outings not to mention the exercise programs that have improved my health.  Apparently that is not important to UHC  or ARRP  anymore.  Thanks for letting me know after the sign up period.  There is always next year!

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