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I just got off the phone with AARP central in DC to petition that they re-think dropping Silver Sneakers. If most of us do that, it may be a pathway to getting it re-instated (202) 434-3525 and wade through the menus. The lady I spoke with said she'd report it to a manager and that I should expect a call back within 48 hours. They have made a decision to drop SS in every state and replace it with a nursing benefit. My argument is that better preventive services such as SS will help their bottom line by lowering demand for reparative services. They are insensitive to the fact that many of us live in isolated rural areas that don't have many facilities or resources available. We had to petition our high school fitness center to sign up for SIlver sneakers and now they dropped it.

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This is the operating procedure practiced by most if not all private insurance companies. It makes good business sense for their own interests. If they tell their negative changes in advance you might take your business elsewhere.  

 

Contrast that behavior with the 'boogieman"  government insurance where they tell you changes to Medicare in advance. 

 

So to protect oneself proactively making calls every year and shopping in advance is (sadly) required. 

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While it is true you get the best pricing during Open Enrollment, you can change to another supplement at any time although you may be subjected to underwriting. I switched to Cigna effective January 2019. I was not required to undergo underwriting as an incentive to sign up. I am in WI.  

 

I just received an offer by mail from AARP United Healthcare to sign up and receive a 24% discount - the same offer I received when signing up originally 4 years ago.  During the 4 years I had UHC, the discount was decreased each year. After 10 years, the premium would revert to full price. In other words, if you drop your insurance, you may qualify for a better deal.  Therefore it pays to shop around each year even if you are satisfied with your current Supplemental plan. This advice also applies to Medicare Advantage plans as they make changes each year that may be to your “Advantage”. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Me too.  By the time I got the letter, it is already pass the open enrollment and now I am stucked with AARP.  I am curious if anyone got the notice they sent out before the end of the year.

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Me too.  By the time I got the letter, it is already pass the open enrollment and now I am stucked with AARP.  I am curious if anyone got the notice they sent out before the end of the year.

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We have an adult center (run by the city) but it has limited weight equipment and old machines. The price is right, but not the equipment. 

 

 

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We never received a letter informing us of losing Silver Sneakers before Jan. 1st. 2019 or we would have never signed up for AARP`s United Health Care again! It was embarassing to be told by the people at the front desk at LA Fitness that our membership had been terminated. I looked into signing up again with LA Fitness and they want 22.00 a month! What? thanks for nothing AARP and United Health Care!

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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

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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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