Silver Sneakers being droped by AARP recommended insurer

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Yes.  I did that last year.  AAA beat the home and auto insurance.  I also saved $25 a month by going with Humana who DOES have Silver Sneakers.  Dropped AARP membership too.

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I dropped all my AARP sponsored UHC benefits.  Members here are led to believe that UHC offers the best pricing on all plans.   They do not!  

My suggestion to all who are unhappy about UHC dropping Silver Sneakers, shop around! There are companies offering this program at lower premiums. 

I also am droppIng my AARP membership.  You would think that a group with their lobbying power would have stood up to UHC; or at least notified their members of this change.  The reality is AARP receives a substantial amount of money from UHC.

 

I wish all of you the best in this frustrating Medigap world.  

 

 

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I have been with the AARP/UHC plan for two years.  I talked to a UHC sales person today.  According to him, Renew Active is replacing Silver Sneakers.  That does not matter for my area though because AARP/UHC is not offering a "fitness" rider in my area anymore (Nor. California).   He could not give me a reason why...it just is. 

 

Needless to say, I am disappointed since I am in the gym 5 days plus a week keeping healthy so I do not have health problems.  You would think that would be a good goal.

 

Anyway, we had planned for my fiance to leave her current insurer and also get her moved from Kaisar to this plan......the loss of the fitness piece is a no go for us though.  She will stay where she is and I will drop this and go there since AARP/UHC is unable/unwilling to meet the needs of its customers. 

 

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Are you on an Advantage program?  I was told something different though I am on a supplemental plan.  Is there different proceedures for different medicare plans under United? 

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We have mixed messages here now.   I called and asked about the new 2020 exercise program and asked about being able to go to various places in the same week.  I am Medicare gap and not an advantage program (I no longer want to be within a in-network insurance policy; I want to have a choice of doctors, specialists, and hospitals across the U.S. therefore I go with a gap policy instead.)

I think we need folks on the gap insurance program to call phone number 1-888-887-5963 and enquire if we can use multiple facilities every day or every week under the new 2020 program at no charge.  

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@mm58536971 wrote:

AARP United Healthcare is going to offer "Renew Active" program starting Jan 1, 2020 which is free and allows members to choose 1 "home" gym and participate for no charge. 

They recommend going to the Renew Active website and finding a gym that you will commit to using and contact them to get signed up or ready to activate the free membership Jan 1st. 

 

This is good but does not have the flexibility of the Silver Sneakers which allows members to visit a huge selection of gyms. I have offices in two cities and asked if we could list three gyms and they said "no you just have one home gym".

 

My recommendation is that members should be able to pick 3 which would likely cover our needs.  It also assures that members stay strong and healthy and save money as they move between offices or living locations. 

 

 

 


I believe the Renew Active program is only associated with the Medicare Advantage program of UHC.  Which means that the Medicare health coverage under the Advantage plan is limited in geographical area due to networks.  So why would the insurer want to give access to gyms outside of this same general area.?

 

If you are traveling between cities and have a Medicare Advantage plan, you should make sure that you know the limits of your plan in case there is health care needed.


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AARP United Healthcare is going to offer "Renew Active" program starting Jan 1, 2020 which is free and allows members to choose 1 "home" gym and participate for no charge. 

They recommend going to the Renew Active website and finding a gym that you will commit to using and contact them to get signed up or ready to activate the free membership Jan 1st. 

 

This is good but does not have the flexibility of the Silver Sneakers which allows members to visit a huge selection of gyms. I have offices in two cities and asked if we could list three gyms and they said "no you just have one home gym".

 

My recommendation is that members should be able to pick 3 which would likely cover our needs.  It also assures that members stay strong and healthy and save money as they move between offices or living locations. 

 

 

 

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after years of Silver Sneakers being discussed. I see locally even if you had it, the local YMCA will not accept it any more. I am not sure if this goes across the whole US or not but it may be to your neighborhood coming soon. so even a change in insurer will not get you into your gym.

food for thought.....

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My understanding is that Silver Sneakers is an independent program now being covered by other Medicare supplemental insurers, but no longer something AARP United Health Care provides its customers.
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My understanding is that Silver Sneakers is an independent program now being covered by other Medicare supplemental insurers, but no longer something AARP United Health Care provides its customers.

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