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So this is the response of AARP & United Healthcare....
AARP Medicare Advantage plans insured by United Healthcare will be offered the program called Renew Active, formerly Optum Fitness Advantage.
AARP Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) plans insured by United Healthcare are offered the program called Health Your Way.
If AARP was really looking out for us they would have told United Healthcare the removal of silver sneakers was a deal breaker for recommendation but NO AARP did nothing in my view. If you also look at the Rx rteceommendation through Optum Rx you will find similiar tactics in the drug coverages.....I have complained to AARP and it looks like the only resolution is to change at open enrollment.....shame on me for not doing a better due diligence on these underhanded tactics but I mistakenly thought AARP had my back. WRONG AGAIN.....
I forgot to mention that in 2018, UHC is estimated to earn over $12 billion dollars ( that’s Billion with a B) of net income. This is an increase of about 120% in the last five years, so UHC is certainly not hurting financially.
i just don’t understand why UHC would anger such a large number of their customer base which has given them record profits over the past few years.
They have replaced the free Silver Sneakers program with access to a wellness coach. I am pretty confident that the first recommendation of a fitness coach to stay healthy would be regular exercise, and would probably quote the Cleveland Clinic study as proof of the benefit of regular exercise.
Am also upset with AARP. I sure hope they are happy with their 'belt tightening' initiative, concerning Silver Sneakers; looking at the response from AARP members... (my wife and I are also members... this may be our last year.) it seems AARP may be seeing a large exodus of members at the end of this year. Not very good PR for either AARP and UHC.
I am terribly disappointed inAARP UHC. I have been a member for 8 years and brag to everyone about how wonderful they are. This year 2 of my friends signed up on my recommendation. I'm very embarrassed now, that the promised Silver Sneakers is gone. The very worst part is the sneaky, underhanded way it was done. So no one had a chance to choose for themselves.
I'd like to ad my voice to those who are VERY disappointed in AARP for dropping/changing the Silver Sneakers program.
United Health Care should be smart enough to know that they are saving money by having as many seniors as possible involved in healthy workouts.
I heard or read that not that many AARP members were using the benefit. That hardly seems to be reason to chop the program up. That means to me that it's not costing United as much as it could. It also indicates maybe some more promotion might be in order.
There will always be those who are couch sitters. It seems to me a much better approach is to pass the word and encourage everyone who can to get out there and exercise!
Perhaps United and AARP would like us all to just sit of the couch! I wonder how their expenses would increase then???
One of the reasons I signed up for the AARP United Health Care plan was that it included the Silver Sneakers program. I was very disappointed to receive a letter in December announcing the change in the program. The program seemed to me to be a win-win for all concerned--the gyms (because seniors are more likely to use them during the daytime hours when they are less busy), the seniors (whose health is improved) and the health care plans (who presumably pay fewer medical costs when seniors are healthier). AARP should reconsider requiring this benefit to be included, or seek out a partner that will include it in future bids.
@LindaNL -- You do NOT have to wait a year to switch to another medigap insurance company who provides SilverSneakers! Just be aware that your application will be subjected to underwriting (medical review), so if you have any pre-existing conditions, you could be denied (but there's no harm in trying). 😉
To elaborate on my post to LInda NL, you may change Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans at any time of the year! There is no restriction on when you can change, however you will have to qualify medically, which means you will likely be denied if you have what the insurance company's underwriting dept. considers a serious medical condition! I know of one exception to this - if you are a California or Oregon resident and apply within 30 days of your birthday you cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions during that period. This is know as the "birthday rule" in those states (as far as I know, CA and OR are the only two states in the USA that have incorporated this "birthday rule").
I am very unhappy with AARP and United Healthcare for dropping Silversneakers in 2019. One of the main reasons I signed up for AARP and United Healthcare is I believed they cared about the health of seniors. We will lose a lot of health benefit from the loss of the program.
I've noticed that about fifty people a day are viewing this topic on Silver Sneakers. If you desire AARP to take action on reinstating Silver Sneakers with UHC insurance then please add your own post on this. The more AARP sees that this matters to members the more likely they will react. Just click reply. You will see the very first posting on this subject from a few years ago. Don't let that concern you; your reply will come up as the next one on the current Silver Sneakers subject. You will have to sign in to AARP to complete your reply. It is not that difficult. Please reply. One reply a day won't make that much of an impression, but if the fifty viewers a day each posted then it will make a statement. Thank you and have a Happy, Healthy, Holidays.
- Very disappointed that UHC dropped Silver Sneakers. We had to pay for a YMCA membership which was free with SS. Will be looking for another insurance company next year
I too missed the September notice of the dropping of Silver Sneakers from AARP UHC plans. I just received UHC's December letter and am very dissapointed with AARP allowing this to happen for us Ohio members. I of course am very dissapointed that AARP approved of UHC doing this. Shows how very little they think of members and us seniors. I will start to question any of AARP's future policies and are they a benifit for seniors or just AARP's finances.
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Input from AARP's diverse membership shapes everything we do as an organization."
Okay AARP, by now you have heard enough from us on this issue, so if your mission guideline (above) is really true, it's time for you to act!!!
I missed the announcement about SilverSneakers back in September. Sad to see that your dropping SilverSneakers, I joined this about 2 months ago and joined a Gym under the program. Now I see this will be dropped and no longer offered. The options left are not good and makes we wonder why I signed up for Health Care through AARP, maybe it's time to go to another provider. Kinda sneaky how this was announced.
I too am very disappointed in Aarp United Healthcare discontinuing the Silver Sneakers Program. Silver Sneakers is one of the advantages I looked forward to when signing up for this Supplemental Insurance Plan. I will be looking for a different insurance next year when enrollment opens again. Sorry to find out seniors health fitness is not important to your company.
If a couple is in good health the Silver Sneakers benefit is very rewarding, not just to a persons health and financial health but also to the lower financial costs of the Insurance Company providing this benefit.
AARP and United Healthcare are really showing a true lack of concern for customers by removing this Silver Sneaker benefit. This program has now been replaced by a "special program offer of 50% off the monthly membership retail rate" at a very few and non-beneficail locations. This is just AARP & UHC "blowing smoke" into the customers (add your own thought here) by misdirection. If a "couple" both recieve 50% off,,, well that's not much different from paying 100% which is comparable to a normal family membership cost.
We signed up for AARP-UHC this November 2018 due to being told that the Silver Sneakers program was available. I guess it was, but not for long.
We'll be another pair of Retiree's that will be dumping AARP & UHC next enrollment just like I suspect several thousand current customers will be. I've read that Blue Cross & Cigna both currently provide Silver Sneakers so that's where we'll be shopping.
I am not happy with AARP and United Healthcare to drop Silversneakers for 2019. One of the main reasons I signed up for AARP and United Healthcare is I believed they cared about the health of seniors. Taking this benefit away is devastating.
What can we do to make sure our voice is heard about this specific topic???
We will be switching next year in the open enrollment period. This is a dumb mistake by United and their marketing arm AARP. After just a basic medicare supplement insurance - which is the same from all vendors - the silver sneakers program was the only reason to even talk to AARP. Next year - gone.
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