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Re: 5Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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According to my agent the new fitness plan that UHC/AARP will offer will be one that is very different from Silver Sneakers.  No classes, no social events and I LOVE my instructors because they know me and it just won't be the same.  So I switched to a plan that I can keep my Silver Sneakers and go to a gym that is close to my home.  The other plan didn't have a gym in my area.  I'm glad I found out before it was too late.

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Re: 5Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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The other links I found are dated back from 2014 to now in various parts of the country.  That dates back BEFORE the AARP plans started removing SS.  The reasons the Y's gave (if they provided one) is over crowding. They were unable to handle the size of the people using their facility.  My guess is the Baby Boomers overwhelmed them.

 

 Btw... in my area the AARP plans are not the only ones dropping SS.  The other plans are just plain dropping them and not replacing them with anything else. The AARP plans are the only ones taking SS out that replaced it with the same coverage under a different name.   It appears only 1 company in this area still has SS on them for 2018

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Re: 5Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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Some of the AARP policies in some areas took took out Silver Sneakers and replaced them with Optum Fitness Advantage.  If your policy removed Silver Sneakers check to see if it had Optum Fitness instead.  

 

Did you read through the link I provided?  The Y's are pulling out of Silver Sneakers.  Not all the Y's everywhere, but it is happening all over the country little by little.  As the YMCA page says in the link, they accept the AARP United Healthcare fitness instead of SS.

 

  This link is talking about my area in Green Bay Wi.  When I saw posts in here not in my area who are complaining about Silver Sneakers being taken out of their AARP policies I did a little research on Y's pulling out of SS and found out it is happening in many places in the country.

 

 You need to know that in Green Bay wI next year if my AARP policy had SS on it, I would not be able to use it in the local Y's.  The plans that still have SS in will find them useless next year in Green Bay Y's.  My insurance agent explained to me how my AARP medicare plan did not LOSE my fitness coverage by taking out SS;  it protected it.  I do not just take my agents word; I researched it, and found the link I shared with you, as well as similar webpages in different areas saying the same kind of thing. 

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Re: 5Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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karenp534752 wrote:

You need to check your policies.. I know some of them are replacing Silver Sneakers with a different plan...because of this kind of thing (and this is happening in various parts of the country).  Please note that, at least in Green Bay, WI having Silver Sneakers to use the Y next year is useless.  Please read this carefully all the way down to the faq regarding UHC's replacement for SS:

https://www.greenbayymca.org/programs/health-and-fitness/active-older-adults/silversneakers/

 

Check for what?  We know we have Silver Sneakers so it must be in the documentation somewhere.  It has already been established that UHC can cancel Silver Sneakers because they have already done it in several states. 

 

I assume because this is an AARP forum that when you say "some of them" you mean United Health Care the AARP insurer.  If not, who?

 

What different plan? 

 

This is an issue between UHC and the Y.  This is your locale Y probably not renewing it's contract with UHC.  I can go to the Y that's about 20 miles away but the one down the street doesn't have SS.  The Y's at least seem to have individual agreements.

 

The greenbayymca.org site sounds like so much marketing to me.  Either UHC is compensating your Y in order to soften the blow of cancellation ( this supposedly has already been done in other states with all of the gyms for at least a year) or the Y is trying to hold on to the members it has through UHC by discounting membership.  Don't count on getting that after a year.

 

 

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Re: 5Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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You need to check your policies.. I know some of them are replacing Silver Sneakers with a different plan...because of this kind of thing (and this is happening in various parts of the country).  Please note that, at least in Green Bay, WI having Silver Sneakers to use the Y next year is useless.  Please read this carefully all the way down to the faq regarding UHC's replacement for SS:

https://www.greenbayymca.org/programs/health-and-fitness/active-older-adults/silversneakers/

 

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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I guess that AARP will hear a loud SWISH as members drop United Health Care insurance.

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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Message 27 of 90
wait they may drop it next year too unless it is a advantage plan....
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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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at least planet fitness only costs $10 a month where I am.
silver sneakers is going to be discontinued by the insurers and who knows it might be just after the next year starts they will drop it on all advantage plans too. or is it a plot to get me off the plan F I have........
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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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https://tools.silversneakers.com/Eligibility/HealthPlans

You can type your state and the plans are listed.

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Re: Silver Sneakers One size does not Fit All

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I'm glad I'm not the only one upset about this change in coverage!
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