Us seniors had until Dec. 7 to select our Medicare Advantage Plan for 2014.
Many of us had to change providers for 2013 due to decertification of our plan. An unfortunate part of that change was a movement to the Silver Sneakers fitness program from Silver and Fit. This year none of the approved Island County Medicare Advantage Plan providers offer Silver and Fit. The problem with that is the closest exercise spot for us is either Mukilteo or Coupeville on the Silver Sneakers program.
A large Freeland club chose last year to go with Silver and Fit. Where they had over 250 seniors on the Silver and Fit, they now have under 50 using it from retirement health plans.
Family Care in Clinton and Freeland has applied to Silver Sneakers but has not heard back. There is another club that’s an option, but not the one in Bayview.
It is important for us seniors to have exercise outlets that are within a reasonable distance from home. I personally don’t think Coupeville or a ferry ride to America is a reasonable alternative. It would be a huge win for the community if the Freeland club again accepted Silver Sneakers members.