Silver Sneakers being droped by AARP recommended insurer

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p.s. i forgot to mention that starting this january 1, 2020, my aarp/united healthcare supplement plan f will pay for all of my gym membership.  so starting then my fitness center will be free!  of course i'm even more grateful to have this improved benefit.  btw, i'm in california

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none of the insurance plans i have had in the past have had any kind of gym membership benefit.  i didn't even know about silver sneakers until i got a letter from aarp that it was being dropped as of this past january 1, 2019.  so my gym dropped out of the silver sneakers program.  in its place i'm paying 1/2 of the normal gym membership fee which makes me very happy.  also, i thoroughly researched premiums for plan f with many other insurance providers and aarp was the lowest by around $40+/month.  of course each situation is different, but having not had access to any gyms nor any other benefits (free wellness coaching, for instance, offered by united) i am very thankful that these are available to me now

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If you read my posts I am only speaking about Supplemental Plans and claimed no knowlege of Advantage Plans since I have never used them. My independent agents told me years ago to stick with the Supplemental Plans as long as I could afford them.

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We should all drop AARP until United brings back Silver S eskers!

 

i already left United!

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If Renew Active becomes available for Medigap policies in January it will be a complete surprise.  Both for me and for the UHC service representatives that I have spoken to. Never one to believe in the 'tooth fairy', but I will explore this further before I switch this October. 

 

Unfortunately, 'At Your Best' is not free, very limited and appears to be another sham. See below: 

Program Summary

The At Your Best program is currently being offered to plan holders of an AARP Medicare Supplement Plan insured by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company.

 

Membership Details

  • The program provides general access to facilities and waives the enrollment fee for eligible members. 
  • The At Your Best member pays Snap Fitness monthly membership rate of 50% of the retail rate that would be normally charged. This includes new as well as existing members of Snap Fitness. 
  • Optum pays Snap Fitness the remaining 50% of the retail rate if the At Your Best member visits Snapfitness 4 or more times within the calendar month.
  • You may charge to such member a one-time access card fee of the lesser of (i) $20.00 OR (ii) your normal access card fee if such fee is less than $20.00.

 

Fitware Sign Up Instructions

You will enter this member as a Single–Reciprocal member with dues set to your full regular rate. We have created a group within Fitware labelled At Your Best which will discount your member’s monthly rate by 50% when billing is run.

This program requires the membership to be Single-Reciprocal, no prepaid memberships. 

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@goliath wrote:

. . . . and remember they are AARP endorsed and you have to have an AARP membership to enroll. Just sayin'...


You have to be a member for access to an AARP endorsed Medigap plan (Supplemental) but NOT for an AARP endorsed Medicare Advantage plan.


* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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I'd really be interested in knowing how many members UHC lost in the last two years when they decided SS was so popular they should offer their own program for a 50% discount (because there was more money to make off their subscribers) instead of for free like they had been doing. I know they lost quite a few- to the point that now they are offering it for FREE... I'm assuming to retain the members they have... and remember they are AARP endorsed and you have to have an AARP membership to enroll. Just sayin'...

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kk9436, the Renew Active will go live for AARP Supplemental in January. They are notifying people now because enrollment periods are about to start. They have also stated that At Your Best is coming for AARP Supplemental  on their Facebook page 

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Totally agree with Kathy. Have NEVER regretted leaving UHC for Anthem.

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I have a supplement policy with Anthem in Ohio. My independent health plan advisory service arranged for it's members to switch to 3 different plans with a guaranteed certificate of insurability if we were interested for those of us who were enrolled with UHC. Normally we couldn't switch either but UHC's actions were so disingenuous that our advisory service took exception to their actions and worked hard to get it's members a better deal. Anthem also charged less per month besides including a SS membership. The key is using a health plan advisory service. Not only can they tell you what supplement and Part D plan will best suit your needs and why, they will help you if you have a problem with the insurance. They do not charge you for their services. My former employer suggests it's soon to be retirees consider their services and it was one of the best deals I ever accessed! I would suggest you consider locating one in your area for assistance.

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