Residents of Fulton County and the surrounding area are fortunate to have the new YMCA that provides opportunities to people of all ages. The new YMCA is the result of the dedication and generosity of many people.
One group of senior citizens will be eliminated as members of the YMCA. About 200 seniors who have Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Insurance and who have had a membership provided under their insurance policy were recently advised their YMCA membership is being terminated by the YMCA as of Jan. 1, 2013.
Blue Shield is changing administrators of its Wellness program from Fit Blue to SilverSneakers. The SilverSneakers program would pay the YMCA less money per member visit than Fit Blue was paying. The YMCA administration decided that this was unacceptable. Attempts to obtain the provider terms from the administration were unsuccessful.
The options of a co-pay or of a limited membership were not offered to the 200 members. This decision affects not only the present 200, but future Blue Shield Medicare Advantage seniors and possibly seniors covered under other Medicare insurance providers utilizing the SilverSneakers Wellness program.
It is respectfully requested the 18 members of the YMCA Board of Directors vigorously discuss and question this policy decision, as it does not appear to be in the best interest of the YMCA or in interest of the aging population trying to maintain their health.
RICHARD A. ARMSTRONG