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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.

 

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

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AARP endorses United Health Care for Medicare Supplement Plans - HOWEVER, UHC is now dropping Silver Sneakers for its own profit margin.   AARP - Why are you NOT doing something about this.  Seniors should not have to be charged a monthly fee to continue exercising thru the silver Sneakers Program - that is the reason my  husband and I went with the plan in the first place.   All the AARP lobbyists need to do is talk with UHC and Silver Sneakers could be continued at NO cost to the seniors. However, its just another way of UHC to take money out of the Senior's pockets to make more profit for themselves.  Shame on both AARP and UHC.

 

 

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