Does Medicare Cover Gym Memberships?

Learn if Medicare covers visits to the gym

by Ray Wilson+ on Aug 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

Exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle. Not only do you look better, but there are health and mental benefits. You can improve your mood, your flexibility, and there are even long-term health benefits for those who have a disability or disease. This may not be new information to you, but you may be wondering if Medicare covers gym memberships?

Does Medicare Cover Gym Memberships?

While Medicare encourages a healthy lifestyle through wellness visits, and for those who qualify, nutritional help, it does not cover gym memberships.

Does Medigap Cover Gym Memberships?

Medigap plans can cover gym memberships. Generally, Medigap fill in the gaps that Original Medicare leaves; however, there are a few extra services that Medigap offers such as an additional 365 hospitalization days, foreign emergency travel, first three pints of blood for a blood transfusion, and some Medigap providers offer the Silver Sneakers membership. Silver Sneakers offers free or discounted gym memberships.

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Does Medicare Advantage Cover Gym Memberships?

Medicare Advantage can cover gym memberships. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer the Silver Sneakers free or discounted gym membership.

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To learn if your plan covers gym memberships call a Senior65 agent at 800-930-7956.

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By Ward on June 26, 2016

I am dual-eligible for original Medicare & Medicaid, still, I am NOT covered for Silver Sneakers gym program!!?? - That is ridiculous and Totally Discriminatory! - All 5 of my Doctors say to continue going to the YMCA , and I go at 5:00 each morning 4-5 days per week. - But, can no longer afford it. A YMCA grant each 6-months covers $half,- but I still pay $23 per month, and an average of $50 per month $Gas! - The Federal government and Medicare should NOT Discriminate, and be against regular exercise at the YMCA. - Yet We are still freated unfairly. - Such a JOKE. - nd Congress needs to get this FIXED Immediately!! - Silver Sneakers is only for the privileged few with special plans. - - Unconstitutional & Congress promotes Non-Exercise. - da!?

By Linda heroy on December 28, 2015

Does Medicare part f cover gym membershir

Some Medicare Supplement providers offer Silver Sneakers. Coverage can vary by state and by plan. For more help on this, please call 800-930-7956.
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