YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Medicare Advantage or Supplement Plans

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina partners to provide wellness benefits for Medicare Advantage plans through FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State and through plans that include Silver&Fit.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, we will also partner with RenewActive by UnitedHealthcare. For Part B subscribers, we will also work with a Medicare Supplement through AARP's BeWell Program

Each of these options provides a YMCA membership. Some Medicare Advantage plans/supplement require fees and annual enrollment. Contact your insurance broker for details.

Does the Y participate with Medicare Advantage plans?

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina partners to provide wellness benefits for Medicare Advantage plans through FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State and through plans that include Silver & Fit. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, we will also partner with RenewActive by UnitedHealthcare®. For Part B subscribers we will also work with a Medicare Supplement through AARP’s Medicare Supplement Plan (BeWell Program). Each of these options provides a YMCA membership. Some plans require fees and annual enrollment. Contact your insurance broker for details.

What are the benefits of YMCA membership through a Medicare Advantage plan?

Membership through partner Medicare Advantage plans provides full access to both our Midtown and Nir Family YMCA branches. Our Healthy Aging programs help older adults stay active, improve health, and maintain community connections. We offer unlimited group exercise and water fitness classes, as well as programs for chronic condition support, falls prevention, cancer survivorship, diabetes prevention and management, and arthritis management. Clubs, group outings, and volunteer opportunities are also available.

How do I know if my plan works with the YMCA?

Contact your insurer about the wellness benefit for your Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan. We work with FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State and plans that include Silver & Fit. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, we will also partner with RenewActive by UnitedHealthcare® and the AARP Medicare Supplement Program (BeWell Program).

How do I contact these plans to learn more?
How do I get set up?

When you sign on to one of these plans, your insurer will advise you on next steps. Next, bring your proof of eligibility to the membership desk. Some plans require fees and annual enrollment. We’ll enter your information and issue your YMCA membership card, and you can begin enjoying the Y right away. All new members have access to free wellness coaching sessions, which are a great way to get started.

Is there a catch?

No, just visit one of our facilities and scan your YMCA membership card each time you visit. Your insurance coverage includes unlimited use of our facilities, access to helpful programs, and support from wellness coaches. You’ll get the most out of your membership if you visit often. Be sure to scan in each time you visit to maintain your membership through your insurer.

Will I be able to use another Y when I travel?

FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State, Silver & Fit, and RenewActive members are members of the YMCA of Southeastern NC and have access to both of our facilities in New Hanover County. These memberships are not transferrable to or reciprocal with other YMCAs across the country. The AARP’s Medicare Supplement Program (BeWell Program) is part of a national agreement with YMCAs and does offer the benefit of Nationwide Membership access to participating YMCAs. If your plan does not offer this benefit and you are interested in having the flexibility of using any Y in the nation, we suggest you consider our Senior or Senior Household membership options.

I would like a Y membership, but I’m on a fixed income. What can the Y do for me?

The YMCA is committed to helping people reach their full potential through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and incomes. It is our belief that no one should be turned away for their inability to pay. Through the application-based Pathways program, we offer sliding-scale fees designed to fit each individual’s or family’s financial situation.

Why don’t you offer Silver Sneakers or work with other plans?

Silver Sneakers doesn’t offer the same benefits as a YMCA membership or a membership through the AARP Medicare Supplement Program, FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State, RenewActive, or Silver & Fit. Members of the YMCA of SENC have full access to several indoor pools, hundreds of group exercise classes, a host of health education and wellness offerings and much more. In addition, the Silver Sneakers rate structure could jeopardize the YMCA's tax-exempt status. The YMCA is committed to increasing access to our facilities for those in need in our community and will continue to work with Medicare partners to expand these benefits when possible.