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This is my fourth posting on our experience with issue of Silver Sneakersprogram being dropped by the AARP endorsed United Healthcare.  I received a telephone call today from an AARP/UHC representative regarding the issues in my previous post in our attempts to sign up for the "new" benefit with our gym, LA Fitness.  As all have read, the "new" fitness program for us in CA is a 50% reduction in the monthly dues and $0 initiation fee, with the sign-up required to be on the HealthYourWay.com website which directs the user to a "special" LA Fitness enrollment page.  The monthly fee on the enrollment page is $22 and the initiation fee is waived.  If one researches the monthly dues at LA Fitness, they will find either $29.99 or $24.99 per month dues depending upon the level of membership desired.  The enrollment/initiation fee is a negoitablefee from our experience.  LA Fitness has told AARP/UHC that their "signature" membership ( I assume that it is an "all club" membership.  There was no descriptor listed on the webpage.) retails at $44.00 and the deal for the AARP/UHC subscribers is thus $22.00.  There is NO negoition of this fee, even though the information above was described.  The representative also informed me that their "new" program will reach out and involve a greater number of the AARP/UHC subscribers and thus promote  fitness to a greater number of seniors.  My remark in turn was that no senior who is getting their fitness benefit from the use of a gym membership will quit that and start exercising in front of a computer screen.  The mission to improve the health of seniors by promoting regular exercise as the Silver Sneakers Program does, is being ignored and contrary to AARP looking out for the seniors (its members).  I did ask the AARP/UHC representative whether she has read the postings.  She admitted to reading some.  I pointed out that there are many other members with the opinion as mine and that there have been over 13,000 veiwings. There are few, if any, topics that have garnered this much interest.  However, she made no indication that the issue will be re-visited. The policy of the gym membership benefit is as they have dictated. Unfortunately for the AARP members, there has not been any posting indicating support from the AARP governing positions or directors.  Until the Board supports the effort, not much can be done short of changing Medicare Supplement Plans, not contributing to AARP functions and Political Action Committee (PAC) effort requests, and cancelling the AARP memberships.

 

 

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@valerieb187708 wrote:

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!    


Tivity Health is the company that owns both the Silver Sneakers program and the FLIP50 program.  

Tivity Health announces AARP FLIP50 Healthy Lifestyle Program

 

Edited to add:  you could also check to see if the Silver Sneakers FLEX program is offered in some area in your community - sometimes they offer this program, depending upon the extent of their classes, at a very cheap price even if you aren't eligible via an insurance plan.

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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tax exempt?      sickening.     but not surprising.      bottom line is always $$$$.    and we all pay for it.     disgusting.     so glad i won't renew and will change insurance companies.    

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Don’t think AARP should be tax exempt. Don’t represent me anymore.

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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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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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