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Not sure why AARP (tax exempt insurance company) want to try and duplicate silver sneakers.  Silver sneakers has programs and help, not just using a fitness center.

 

SilverSneakers Newsletter <support@silversneakers.com>

 

 

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Thank you for posting this information.

I too am disgusted that this program has been dropped.  I did not recieve any notice from AARP that they were terminating the program or receive any list of possible insurance aletrnatives that may include the program. 

Replacing it with a 50% off program does mean hardship for some seniors- most gymns have additional fees that must be paid resulting in large expenditures for so many that have- like me- used the program for many years.

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Message 113 of 651

Do you think AARP has seniors as their most important focus? Well according to an investigative report the U.S. Congress did in 2011, their focus is on making money for themselves, not in the wellbeing of seniors. In 2011 they were the 6th largest insurance company according to the report. They are a nonprofit organization and pay very little to no taxes on the billions they make from endorsements from insurance companies such as UHC and other products they put their branding on. Congress at the time wanted the IRS to investigate their nonprofit status, but that was never done. Most likely due to their heavy lobbying efforts of the AARP to Congress.

 

Another interesting thing that happened was the report disappeared from the government website in 2012 (other reports are still available from that time period) but I managed to find another link which you can see below. There is also a video posted of some of the investigative hearing on the SeniorSavingsNetwork.org website. You can also find the report at their website.

 

Very interesting reading, especially if you are a senior and have AARP/United Health Care as your insurance. Finding this report and related information all came about because UHC dropping Silver Sneakers for their own crappy program that no one wants to accept plus what was free now will cost 50% of the gym fee. Oh, by the way, UHC is raising their rates in the spring.

Bottom line, don't trust anything AARP says or at least take it with a grain of salt. They are not interested in your well being. Here is the link:

 

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y9sunpht

 

Most likely this post will disappear quickly from the forum (just as the report did from the Congressional website), so make sure you download the PDF so you can share with your senior friends.

 

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Medical mutual is not listed in my state Or in several others that I checked. Seems Ohio only.

 

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Medical mutual is not listed in my state Or in several others that I checked. Seems Ohio only.  And I noticed that the deductibles for all Gap programs have increased at least $2,000. Wow.  I understand that the federal gov is trying to radically change Medicare and trying to push everyone into an Advantage/HMO type policy.   We need to eliminate the concept of 'in-network'.  Let everyone then have a lower cost gap policy that will allow all to select own doctors, hospitals, clinics, and labs.  Insurance companies could then eliminate 1/3 of their costs trying to get medical folks to sign in-network contracts.   

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Check out Medical Mutual of Ohio, I switched to them with the F plan and it was cheaper includes Silver Sneakers!

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AARP/UHC has a problem.

AARP sold its name. No longer represents me.

Google UHC CEO compensation for 2018!

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well, just checked FLIP50, and sadly, since it's touted as AARP - i don't trust anything they support or recommend, so i'll just (hopefully) shovel snow, run up and down the steps, garden in the spring, and feel energized not get ripped off by AARP again!    

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sure has been great reading all of the responses to this.      haven't called yet to get the 'secret code' or whatever it is to replace the silver sneakers here in ohio.     and just saw someone mentioned flip50.     never heard of that but will check it out.      the whole thing is ridiculous and has anyone noticed all of the AARP commercials on TV?     no wonder since so many of us aren't renewing!!

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I am angry at United Health Insurace medigap program. I really enjoyed using Silver Sneakers membership of accessing different facilities and classes for my health program. Water aerobic at one site, Zumba at another, and gym time at even a third site.  I think the Silver Sneakers news letter, website, and health information is excellent, top-notch.   I am still receiving their newsletter by email.  So, please consider requesting the e-newsletter on the Silver Sneakers website even if your health insurance provider has stopped allowing you to use Silver Sneakers.  

I also reviewed the new program that United Health is now using.   In my estimation, the website is sorely lacking and the information provided is very minimal.  Shame. 

I know that there is a cost for every service program that the insurer utilizes.  Yes, there is a cost for the call-in that United is now using. But for seniors, it is a real health advantage to be able to access the various exercise classes.  

For me, I will be exercising less because access now to those various classes are financially out of reach. 

I will be looking for a new gap insurance at end of 2019.  Shame on United Health!! 

For AARP,  concentrate on including La Fitness into you current Flip50 benefit.  I would pay the low monthy cost to be able to access all those facilities that visited in 2018.  

 

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