Silver Sneakers: Medigap’s Secret for Seniors

Medicare Supplement gym memberships offer preventive care

by Amy De Vore+ on Oct 13, 2017 | 33 Comments

While all Medicare Supplemental Plans are standardized a few insurance companies offer the The Silver Sneaker program to help Medicare-eligible seniors improve their health. You might want to consider this program before choosing between Medigap plans because not every plan offers Silver Sneakers.
This article was updated on Oct 2017 to reflect new information

What is the Silver Sneaker Program?

The Silver Sneaker program is a free or discounted gym memberships for seniors. Silver Sneakers works at private gyms such as Golds Gym or the YMCA.  Gym participation in Silver Sneaker’s vary by county. Some Medigap policies offer this extra for seniors 65 and over but most do not.

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Why Take Advantage of Silver Sneakers?

The Silver Sneaker program has a two fold effect: 1) physical, 2) emotional. Physically your health will improve if you work out. You can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, lessen the side effects of diabetes, and you’ll have more energy just by walking 30 minutes a day. Working out can improve mental health by lowering depression, as well as making you feel less lonely because you will meet more people which will increase your health tremendously.

According to Pysch Central, researchers at the University of Chicago have found, “the impact of loneliness on premature death is nearly as strong as the impact of disadvantaged socioeconomic status, which they found increases the chances of dying early by 19 percent.” 

Can’t Get to the Gym? No Problem.

Silver Steps is a program for seniors who live 15 miles or further from a gym. It is a personalized workout program that includes a kit with a how-to DVDs, resistance belts, and an exercise video. So you won’t be left out if you live in a rural area. Silver Sneakers also offers and online component to help with nutrition, streaming exercises, and a forum to talk to other members.

Which Plans Offer Silver Sneakers?

Remember most plans do not offer Silver Sneakers.  Check out our new Silver Sneaker Search tool to see if there are any in your area..  You can see which Medigap plans participate in Silver Sneakers and can get quotes and apply directly.

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By Sarah on November 06, 2017

Thank you, Chris. I'm not sure Silver Sneakers is worth it after all, so I'm completely rethinking things. There are plenty of options for exercise that do not require a gym.

Sarah,
You are welcome. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or you need help enrolling in a plan.
-Chris from Senior65


By Sarah on November 06, 2017

Does anyone know if UHC is dropping Silver Sneakers for their supplements in California? I know UHC has dropped it in some areas. A poster on another site said UCH is dropping Silver Sneakers nationwide for all plans effective 1/1/2018, but I don't where the person got that info and have been unable to confirm one way or the other.
Does anyone in California with UHC know? Have you received anything in writing to this effect?
I'm considering UCH for my supplement, and Silver Sneakers is part of the equation. (I know SS can be discontinued at any time, but if UHC is definitely dropping it, I'd prefer to go with a different carrier.)

Sarah
You are correct that anyone offering Silver Sneakers is able to drop it at any time. We have not received a notification that any insurance carrier is planning on removing Silver Sneakers nationwide. If you would evidence that it will remain in California, please contact us at Senior65.com and we can research and provide that .

Finally, we are able to help you enroll in your plan of choice at the guaranteed lowest price at no charge to you.
Chris from Senior65.com


By Ana on October 26, 2017

I am leaving FloridaBlue Advantage HMO and going back to regular Medicare with a BlueFlorida Medigap. Is Silver Sneakers going to be included in Medigap?

Ana,
We build a SilverSneakers search tool, just for this type of question. You can see all the plans who are currently offering Silver Sneakers in your state by clicking on the link below:

https://www.senior65.com/silversneakers


By Ralph on October 11, 2017

I will be 65 next year, retired military, and thinking of going with Tricare as a suppliment to medicare, would that qualify me for Silver Sneakers? Thank you.

Contact tricare but we do not think they offer Silver Sneakers.
-Jacima from senior65.com


By Mary Ann on July 21, 2017

Does my Mutual of Omaha cover silver sneakers program in Texas?

Mary Ann,
Mutual of Omaha does not currently offer silver sneakers program in the state Texas. If you are looking for plans that offer Silver Sneakers or Silver and Fit in your county, please contact us. -Chris from Senior65.com


By jeff carter on January 04, 2017

I just got a silver sneakers membership thru my advantage plan. i am 55 and disabled. i can't go to a gym by myself, and always have my wife with me. is there a way to add her to my silver sneakers membership ? or am i allowed to bring a guest when i go ? my wife is only 43 but she has health issues as well, waiting for her disability review.

Jeff,
Your Silver Sneakers fitness program is only for the Medicare beneficiary who is enrolled in a participating Medicare health plan that offers the gym membership as an additional benefit. You may want to consider asking your gym if they will offer a special deal to your wife. When she is Medicare eligible have her give our Senior65 licensed independent insurance agents a call at 800-930-7956, and we can help her find the right plan for her.
-Michelle from https://www.senior65.com/


By Lynn Zontini on December 04, 2016

My husband and I have Anthem Blue Cross Plan N, do we have Silver Sneakers or will we be getting it in 2017? Thank you. Forgot to add we live in California.

Lynn,
Anthem offers Silver Sneakers fitness program in multiple states, including California. If you need help enrolling or comparing plans that offer Silver Sneakers call one of our Senior65 licensed independent agents at 800-930-7956.
-Eric from https://www.senior65.com/


By Lynn Zontini on December 04, 2016

My husband and I have Anthem Blue Cross Plan N, do we have Silver Sneakers or will we be getting it in 2017? Thank you.

Lynn,
Here are the states and plans that Anthem offers Silver Sneakers.
-Eric from https://www.senior65.com/


By Linda on November 29, 2016

Is there a medigap Blue Cross plan that includes Silver Sneakers effective Jan 1, 2017?

Linda,
It depends on which state you're in, but here is a link to our Anthem Silver Sneakers article. This way you can see if any plans are available in your area. Or call one of our Senior65 licensed independent agents at 800-930-7956.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Mary on November 25, 2016

What Medicare supplemental and Medicare Advantage plans are you contracted with for gym membership? Is LA Fitness one of them in Tampa, Florida? Also, is Harbor Island Athletic Club in Tampa one of them?

Mary,
There are multiple Medicare Advantage companies that offer Silver Sneakers in Florida. For further help, please speak with one of our Senior65 licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956.
-Michelle from https://www.senior65.com/


By Donna Blackwell on October 24, 2016

My company is changing my 2017 retiree Medicare supplemental coverage, Plan F to United American Insurance Company. Can you tell me if they offer Silver Sneakers?addition6

Donna,
Unfortunately, we don't work with that company, and wouldn't be able to tell you. You can check the Silver Sneakers website to see if they do.
-Chris from https://www.senior65.com/


By Marion on October 24, 2016

Can you get silver sneakers if you are only get Part A

Marion
Unfortunately, no, you will need to be enrolled in Part B, either a participating Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan to have Silver Sneakers.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Tere on October 21, 2016

If you have a supplemental plan that covers Silver Sneakers membership, are you limited to just one facility? I split my year between two states and would be interested in a membership in each.

Tere,
With a Silver Sneakers membership you have access to all of the 13,000 gyms and facilities. You can go to one gym in the morning and a different gym that night. So, feel free to go workout at anywhere you want!
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Bernard T. Burndum on October 11, 2016

I just heard that in 2017 Blue Cross is adding Silver Sneakers to COLORADO, MAINE and INDIANA. Is this true?

Bernard
Yes: Anthem Blue Cross has added Silver Sneakers to its Medigap plans in Colorado, Maine and Indiana. They offer Silver Sneakers in many other states. as well as, for Medicare Advantage and Medigap. If you are interested in the complete list of states and which plans offer Silver Sneakers, please call at 800-930-7956.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Jacqueline on September 29, 2016

Hello there! I live in Florida and will be turning 65 in February so I guess the question is I'm going with freedom care in Florida and they do silver sneakers now will they be doing it in 2017? Thanks so much for your response

Jacqueline,
Unfortunately, we do not represent that company, and would not be able to tell you the answer. If you would like to know other companies that offer Silver Sneakers, please call one of our Senior65 licensed independent insurance agents a call at 800-930-7956. The reason you need to call, is that the companies that offer Silver Sneakers can change from month to month, so we don't want to print names when we cannot guarantee coverage from them.
-Michelle from https://www.senior65.com/


By Rebecca Jernigan on September 07, 2016

I live in North Carolina and have Medicare A and B and a suppliment policy. Does this qualify me for the "Silver Sneakers" program

Rebecca,
Only a small handful of Medigap companies offer Silver Sneakers. To learn which Medicare Supplement companies in North Carolina offer Silver Sneakers call one of our Senior65 licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956. If your current company does not, we can help you switch.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Ms. B on August 17, 2016

It is ridiculous that we have to pay for Medicare, Medigap supplement, a prescription plan as well as an annual deductible with plan G and cannot have Silver Sneakers. It seems as though I have worked my entire life to be penalized and watch others take advantage of reduced transportation, medicine, link and other benefits. Where are the perks for people who chose to work? I am being penalized and discriminated against by the "good old" government. How about being fair to all Seniors?

Ms. B,
We know this change can be frustrating. But there's good news: You don't have to enroll in a Medicare Supplement -there are other less expensive montlhy options for seniors. If you choose to have a Medicare Supplement and want Silver Sneakers, we can help you find a Plan G that offers it in your area. To learn more about your options call one of our licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956.
-Chris from https://www.senior65.com/


By Victoria Kincius on August 15, 2016

Have Medicare part A&B...how do I get an aquatic gym class to ease arthritis issues in both knees at my local Wellness center? They insist I pay for initial fee as well as monthly dues. I cannot use gym equipment due to arthritis and only wish for some assistance covering aquatic classes only! Can you help?

Victoria,
Only Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans offer the free or discounted gym memberships through the Silver Sneakers program. If you would like to get quotes or enroll in a Medicare Health Plan, please call one of our licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Maria on June 27, 2016

Today during our Silver Sneakers class, a lady, who moved from Florida, mentioned that her insurance company sends her a check at the end of the year for each day she attends silver sneakers class. Is this so?

Maria,
This sounds great! But I haven't heard of this done, except by employers and group insurance. I don't think individual Medigap and Medicare Advantage do this. If you're looking for a Medicare Health Plan that includes Silver Sneakers call one of our Senior65 licensed independent insurance agents at 800-930-7956.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Ward on June 26, 2016

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 sharon hill on February 18, 2016

How do I know if my provider pays for silver sneakers exercise program?

Sharon,
You will need to contact your Medigap provider to see if they offer Silver Sneakers in your area. Remember, some companies will offer the program as an added benefit in some states, and not others.
-Chris from https://www.senior65.com/


By Donna Karl on February 06, 2016

I have Mutual of Omaha plan F supplemental insurance in Oregon. Does in include Silver Sneakers or Silver and Fit program?

Donna,
You will want to contact your provider to see if they offer Silver Sneakers in your area.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By garry j warren on February 03, 2016

I have medicare a and b, my wife still works and had top plan where she works. does she have to sign up for something extra for me to get silver sneaker for gym? provider is blue cross/blue shield group policy with flint Ink out if Michigan but she works in Atlanta,ga.

Garry,
Either your plan offers Silver Sneakers or it doesn't; unfortunately, you are not able to add it on as a rider. If you want to leave that plan and join a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan in your area, call 800-930-7956, and our licensed independent insurance agents would be happy to help you.
-Eric from https://www.senior65.com/


By Mary on January 30, 2016

Does my Mutual of Omaha supplement cover silver sneakers in Tennessee I have plan g

Mary,
Unfortunately, we are do not work in Tennessee at this time, and would not be able to give you information on the specifics of plans in your area.
-Chris from https://www.senior65.com/


By Matu on January 17, 2016

I'll be going on Medicare effective Mar 1 2016. I have a medi gap plan F I reside in Connecticut do you know if I'm my state they cover it?

Matu,
I'm not totally clear on your question. So I'll give it a go, but if this is not the answer you're looking for, please leave another comment. I think you're asking with Medigap would you have Silver Sneaker coverage in Connecticut, and the answer is maybe. It really depends on the company you choose to enroll in. Again, please reach out if you need further help.
-Michelle from https://www.senior65.com/


By jeanne wherley on December 06, 2015

Am 67, disabled have medicare part A&B, am on Ohio medicaid. In dire need of Silver Sneakers access to a swimming pool. Please HELP!

Jeanne,
Jeanne,
You might be able to get Silver Sneakers through your Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage plan. Please call 800-930-7956, if you would like help finding a plan.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Dan on November 28, 2015

Are there any Florida medigap insurance cos that allow an insured to purchase an additional "fitness rider" that would include Silver Sneakers? Will Silver Sneakers be expanding any more in Fla in the near future?

Dan,
While we think it would be a fantastic idea to have a fitness rider, as far as we know, there is not one available. To the second part of your question, it is possible more companies will add Silver Sneakers in the future, but we have no knowledge of that, at this time.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By Debbie from Ohio on November 21, 2015

I am choosing a medigap Plan F. Which Ohio plans include Silver Sneakers? Thank you.

Debbie from Ohio,
We'd be happy to help you find a plan in Ohio that offers Silver Sneakers. We just need your zip code and county to confirm which plans are available to you.
-Jacima from https://www.senior65.com/


By Hilton on October 29, 2015

Do you have to be 65 plus to be able to get a plan with Silver Sneakers? I have been disabled since '79 and have medicare parts a and b. I am interested in a gym membership and wonder if there is a plan for those disabled and on medicare rather than just those over 65. Thanks!

Hilton,
As far as we know, anyone who is enrolled in a Silver Sneakers participating Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan would qualify. If you need help finding a plan, please call us at 800-930-7956.
-Michelle from https://www.senior65.com/


By Sarah on October 25, 2015

I turned 65 in April of this year and live in Ohio and I want to know if I can change my medicare supplement Plan G with Omaha Insurance to a different plan G policy that offers the Silver Sneakers. Can you do that as if I can it will save me on my classes I take at the gym.

Sarah,
We hear you! Silver Sneakers offers some great benefits. Only thing, since you have passed your Medigap enrollment period, you can apply but you more than likely will have to answer medical questions to enroll in a different Medigap plan. Remember that you shouldn't cancel your current Medigap policy before you are given are approved and given an effective date for another Medigap policy.
-Jacima from https://www.senior65.com/


By June Galvin on October 20, 2015

I have a Human Medicare Advantage plan now, but wish to change to a Medigap plan. I am in Florida. cannot get a simple answer as to what plans make it available. Please advise.

June,
It looks like there are two separate parts to your question, so I've separated them. You can apply for a Medigap plan up to two months before your Medicare Advantage plan expires (most exp 12/31). Remember, you'll have to answer medical questions if you don't have a guaranteed issuance period.

If you're looking for Medigap plans that include Silver Sneakers programs in Florida, it looks like the only one that we are assigned with is Humana. You'll want to double check, though, with each company to make sure they are including Silver Sneakers at the time of enrollment, as things can change.
-Jacima from https://www.senior65.com/


By Joyce Dye on October 09, 2015

I am looking for a medigap , not advantage, plan F in Florida that includes Silver Sneakers. Do you know of any?

Joyce,
In Florida, of all the Medigap plans we're appointed to, it appears that only Humana offers the Silver Sneakers program. Please let us know if you would like help finding a plan.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


By don on September 14, 2015

need a quote for supplement that includes silver sneakers

Don,
Thank you for your question. If you give us a little information about yourself (DOB, zip code, Part B effective date), we'd be happy to find a Medigap plan in your area that offers the Silver Sneakers program.
-Amy from https://www.senior65.com/


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