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I just got the letter regarding this subject.  Once I learned about Silver Sneakers, I joined a gym and have been working out three times a week for the past year.  I have lost 10 pounds, 17 inches overall, brought my blood pressure down and feel a heck of a lot better.  My BMI is now under 30.  In that same time period, I have gone to the doctor once, for the annual checkup. 

 

I certainly hope that when they take this benefit away they will also cut the cost of the monthly premium.  If not, I most certainly am going to shop for a plan that includes Silver Sneakers.  50% of what the gyms in my area charge is unaffordable to me, especially with everything else going up. 

 

Bad decision.  Shame on you, United Healthcare and especially AARP.

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@sa6024

 

You can look up your state here (drop down box - I pjut in CA) and it should give you a list of Medicare plans in your state that CURRENTLY covers the Silver Sneakers program.   

 

If you find one or more that you are considering - make sure that it isn't changing in 2019 or anytime soon because it is up to the Medicare plan insurer to keep their deal, whatever that may be, going with Tivity Health Silver Sneakers program.

 

If you have a Medigap plan now that you want to change - don't forget about the California "Birthday Rule" - I just made a thread on it on this board.

 

 

 

 

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Roxanne,

I'm also in California and a member of 24-Hour Fitness. It would cost me an additional $23 per month or $276 per year.  One additional fact is that they use the "Super Sport " gym rate and not open to any lesser rate, say on the "Sport" rate.  Regardless, this is BS, and we should be ringing their phones off the hook.  This is one of the prime reasons that I went with AARP United. Anyone, what are the other insurance options that carry this program? 

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AARP dropping Silver Sneakers for 2019 is probable the biggest health risk I will face in 2019.  I have been doing Silver Sneakers multiple times a week for years, and my health reflects it.  I am 75 and in good health and I think one of the major contributing factors is the Sliver Sneakers program.  I believe the ineffective alternative to SS that AARP is going to offer is a discount on selected gym memberships.  I believer this alternative is inferior option will not work for multiple reasons: 1) Most gyms in my area including LA Fitness only offer SS programs twice a week (Most people should try ot get in 3 workouts a week); 2) With schueduling conflicts, I find I need to tyupically go to multiple gyms to get in 3 workouts aweek; 3) With a general gym membership and other types of workouts and I found I would typically have had more injuries as I aged.  I have never had an injury problem with the SS program, becaused is it specifically designed for seniors; and 4) With SS classes I have developed friendships and that encourgages me to work out more offen and preventss me form becoming discouraged adn isolated.

 

If AARP is truely interest in the health of their members, they should immeditately require United Health Care to restore SS as part of the Medicare insuranece coverage programs or provide an option where members could contract directly with SS to get coverage.  In not, AARP should find another insurance provider who will provide SS coverage for 2020.  In neither of those 2 actions are are presented during this enrollment period, I would suggest that everyone who is interested in SS benefits, contact a qualified local insurance specialist to have them determine what other insurance option are avaialble for 2019 that include SS coverage and consider switching away from United Health Care.  Also if AARP does not address this issue, we should all consider not renewing our AARP membership

 

Thanks

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This is for those in California.  Humana Connect Plan F is $11 more a month than the AARP UHC plan and it includes Silver Sneakers. All other coverage is the same.

 

I haven't yet found out what the monthly 'discounted' gym cost will be but I suspect it will be in excess of $11/mo.

 

I have an appointment on 22 Oct for enrollment in a new plan.  I hope to hear that AARP has reconsidered its stand on this issue.  I can tell you that the people my husband and I deal with to get our policies ( a huge nationwide company) has told us its phones are ringning off the hook over this change of policy.  They are getting slammed with phone calls and everyone they talk with is really angry and disappointed in AARP.

 

AARP you need to reverse this decision!  Now!

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I have enjoyed the benfits of Silver Sneakers since I retired 3 years ago.  I am living on Social Security and there is no way I could have afforded to go to a gym.  I was recently diagnosed with osterperesis and my Doctor said to start using weight machines.  Now that this "benefit" (I believe we have all actually been paying for it, in part, in our insurance premiums and AARP membership fees).   I no longer have the option of going to a gym.  I have long supported AARP and am now wondering where my fees are going every 3 years when I pay my AARP dues.  I thought AARP had my back.  If not, then who does?  Is AARP still relevant?  Does AARP need to replaced?

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JUST AN FYI.  I just called  Humana and Blue Cross.  Both offer Silver Sneakers  in NC for the 2019 year.  But, premiums for myself and my wife will be over $100.00 more each month even with a 5% auto pay discount. 

 

 

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"Why is AARP even involved with United Healthcae?  AARP you are supposed to be our advocate, not a sales agency for a company who pays CEO millions of dollars a year?  I bet that CEO belongs to expensive country clubs and does not have to rely on local pool. AARP  do your job...."

 

GREAT COMMENT!

 

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Why is AARP even involved with United Healthcae?  AARP you are supposed to be our advocate, not a sales agency for a company who pays CEO millions of dollars a year?  I bet that CEO belongs to expensive country clubs and does not have to rely on local pool. AARP  do your job....

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I'm appalled that AARP would discontinue such a valuable and money saving wellness program.  I will be checking to see which insurance companies in CA see the value in offerning Silver Sneakers and I will switch my plan.

 

Counter-productive and kind of stupid in my humble opinion.

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