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They already have a free heath care service offering gym memberships. It's called Renew and it replaces Silver Sneakers. The problem is that this program doesn't include as many health clubs as the Silver Sneakers program they had before. I signed up with a health club that participates in Renew, but it was much further away from my home. Also, I heard that at some club the Renew program only discounted your membership, rather than being free. So I'll be curious what they will be offering come January 2020. 

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I received the same notice and called the # to see what gyms will be included in my area.  After waiting on hold for 30 minutes I gave up.  I'll find out later.

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I just received notice from AARP/UHC that coming January 1, 2020 they will be offering, at no cost to us, new health care services including participating gyms and fitness centers. I live in Arizona and have their Medicare supplement plan. You can go to AARP website to check it out.

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I live in Chicago so unfortunately, I can't help you. The agent/advisor I went to was recommended by a friend so I'm not sure where she found him or how. Sorry I couldn't offer more help. 

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Where can I find an agent in the East Bay, California area.    How did you locate someone that you can trust?

 

I could have used Silver Sneakers for the last four years and didn't.    Now I need it and it's gone.   With the price we are paying AARP/UHC I cannot believe that they took that benefit away.

 

Tks for any assistance!

 

H.

 

 

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I also resent UnitedHealthcare for being so non-transparent about eliminating SS. I suspected something last fall and called them several times asking what was going on with SS. They acted like they didn't know anything yet. They just said they were calling it Renew. Not until I RENEWED with them did I find out that they dropped SS. Very dishonest of them! Thankfully, I found out that I had until the end of March to switch plans so that's what I did!

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My reply was directed towards a poster who is in Illinois, as am I. That posting chain of connectivity was lost. 

 

You are, of course, correct that every state is different, with their own laws written by their own legislatures. I think many people do not realize that and assume that various postings here and on the internet apply to everyone.

 

I also will never enroll in an "Advantage" plan. Not right for me. I like the docs I have.

 

From what I have been able to discern (yeah, from the internet, and maybe Illinois), it is only Advantage that has the annual enrollment period. After your first enrollment in Supplemental/"Medigap", changing plans requires going through underwriting, regardless of birthday or annual period. Maybe that varies by state or the posting I came across is wrong. The source appeared authoritative. I went through underwriting which took a couple weeks, but passed.

 

My health club of choice is the YMCA. It appears they have dropped Silver Sneakers entirely. At least overall. HOWEVER, I was never able to get a straight answer out of any of those people, local or regional. Wretched communication. SS website only shows one YMCA in the entire Chicago metro area - not the one I use. Why the one? IDNK.

 

From my own ordeal with this and from reading other postings, I am reluctantly convinced that people should at least talk to an agent. This whole thing is confusing and internet postings are not reliable because, again, each state is different. And every situation is different. And too many people don't know what they are talking about.

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I see this topic 'heating up' again and nu8579, your post may only be accurate for you and your state.  Everyone needs to check their state and thier specific plans.

 

I live in California.  I have Original Medicare and I had the UHC Plan F - medicare supplemental plan.  I have not and will never enroll in an "Advantage" plan!. 

 

When UHC dropped Silver Sneakers, I was not happy.  So, I found a great agent and found I had several options.  I think I had 4 companies that had supplemental plans - all of which had Silver Sneakers!  Since I didn't want to wait until my birthday, I went through underwriting and changed to Blue Cross Innovative Plan F effective January 1st.  This is the normal Plan F but with a few added benefits.  And yes, I have Silver Sneakers!  And even better, my premium DROPPED!!

 

I've had a couple of emails frrom my UHC agent claiming - falsely - that changing would cost more.  Obviously AARP and UHC miscalculated on this one.  As I told her, I SAVED money by changing.  Long story short - Everyone needs to check their own situation.  Make sure that you are doing what works for you!

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As I stated in my previous posts, I switched back to Original Medicare because I found out that Humana Supplemental offered SilverSneakers. I used an agent also. He told me that in my area (Chicago), Humana was the only supplemental plan that offered SS. Yes, Original Medicare has a higher monthly premium, but SS was very important to me.

 

If UHC would have kept SS, I would most likely have stayed with them under a Medicare Advantage plan. My favorite doctor wasn't in any other MA plans' networks. Therefore, I was thrilled to find out that a Humana supplemental plan included SS. Now I can go back to the gym I've been going to for over 20 years that's closest to my home!

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Silver Sneakers is DEAD as far as AARP is concerned. It looks like the entire SS program is barely hanging on as well. According to a quick check of their website today, it is only available to those enrolled in an Advantage plan, not Medicare Supplemental (Medigap). If you do have an Advantage plan, look at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Illinois. BCBS received positive review from my doctor's office. I just dropped AARP/UHC and went with BCBS Plan F High Deductible. But each situation is different. Also consider talking to an agent.

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