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AARP Health Insurance Levels Set by Age
AARP acts as an advocacy agency, working on the behalf of seniors. With the clout that the organization has accumulated over the years, not to mention the millions of members, AARP has been able to make attractive contracts with insurance companies who offer health insurance at near group rates.
AARP divides its constituents into two age groups in order to better provide for their different needs. Each age group has the same basic coverage, but there are a couple of different features specifically for each group. The two age groups include:
- 50 - 64 years old
- 65 and older
Health Insurance Program Details For Ages 50 - 64
For 50 - 60 age group, the AARP health insurance program offers such features as:
- Primary Health Insurance Plans provide you with comprehensive coverage for all of your healthcare needs. AARP health insurance works through the United HealthCare Insurance Company, which has its own nationwide network, but you have the option of getting your medical care where you want. You will enjoy lower prices, however, by selecting from the doctors and hospitals that are in the system. You have some flexibility in the program by being able to select from three different levels of deductibles. Of course, the higher the deductible you choose, the greater the savings on your monthly premiums. These deductibles are available at the following levels: $1000, $2500, and $5000.
- Personal Health Plan is not yet available in all states. At the time of this article (October, 2006), it is currently available in:
You will need to check with the AARP online, to see if it is currently available where you live, and what this plan covers.
- Hospital Indemnity Supplemental Insurance Plans covers what other plans may not. If you have an existing policy, possibly through your place of employment, that you feel does not give you the coverage you want, this is a good way to increase your insurance benefits. Two different levels are available. The better benefit package provides some preventive health care.
- Long-Term Care Insurance Plans – Planning ahead for future long-term care needs only makes sense, and this plan gives you a less-expensive way to do it. This part of the plan works with Metropolitan Life, and it provides some protection for your savings, too. It also gives you more freedom than most other plans, allowing you to cover expenses for long-term health care – even if it is at the house of your friends or relatives.
- Dental Insurance – With the dental insurance plan, you can stay with your own dentist or choose another one. AARP dental insurance has two levels and gives you guaranteed fixed rates for two years.
- Discounts on Drugs apply to both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Your prescriptions can even be mailed directly to you. The AARP health insurance plan covers every medication that Medicare carries – and a few more. There are three levels of coverage, all varying in cost.
- Discounts on eyeware and eye exams are available through Pearl Vision.
AARP Health Insurance Program Details For Ages 65+
The age 65 and over group is eligible to participate in the programs show above, as well as the following supplements:
- Medicare Supplement Plans meet every requirement for Part D of Medicare and includes a flat copay for all your prescriptions.
- Medical Supplies coverage for supplies and needs available through Medicare Part B.
Other Features Of This Plan
In addition to the above, here are a few other attractive aspects of the program:
- Membership fee for AARP required - only $12.50 per year (2006).
- No lab tests or physicals are necessary. All you need to qualify for AARP health insurance is to be a paying member of AARP.
- Because the AARP health insurance works with age groups, your rate of coverage will not be effected by your claims. Instead, the rates are determined based on the overall claims of all policyholders within a predetermined area. This means you may see lower premiums than with other plans.
- You have the option to use doctors and services of your choice. While this option is available, there are doctors in the AARP network that are less expensive. This gives you an added degree of control over the services you receive.
- Preventive medicine coverage is available.
Besides the ability to enjoy the healthcare options of the AARP health insurance program, being a member of AARP also gives you many other great choices. This includes: travel guides, maps and discounts, catalogs for gift discounts, access to other insurance coverage, such as home and automotive, and loans.
- AARP Health Insurance (http://www.aarp.org/health/insurance/)
- AARP Page for Online Health Insurance Costs (http://www.aarphealthcare.com/prodsvcs/ppo/screen.aspx?ReturnURL=index.aspx&planType=PPO)
- AARP Dental Plans (http://www.deltadentalins.com/aarp/)
- AARP Pharmacy Plans (http://www.aarp.org/aarp_benefits/offer_health/pharmacy.html)
- AARP Health Insurance By Age (http://www.aarphealthcare.com/)
Dental Insurance Plans: Keep your own dentist and get coverage for the whole family. Two plans are available, with premiums guaranteed for two years. Insured by Delta Dental Insurance Company.
Long-Term Care Insurance: More affordable the younger you are at purchase, it's coverage for home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Also covers care provided by family members or friends. An essential aspect of retirement planning. Insured by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans: Benefits for some of the medical expenses that Medicare does not cover. No claim forms and you can't be singled out for a rate increase. Insured by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
Supplemental Health Insurance--Basic Plans
Hospital Indemnity Plan (HIP): Fixed cash benefits for covered services, including hospital stays. Insured by UnitedHealth Care Insurance Company.
Supplemental Medical Plan (SMP): Higher fixed-cash benefits for hospital stays and other covered services. Provides preventive care benefits. Insured by UnitedHealth Care Insurance Company.
Supplemental Health Insurance--Enhanced Plans
Hospital Advantage Plan (HAP): Higher fixed-cash benefits than our Supplemental plans, plus benefits for surgical care, post-hospital care and doctors' visits. Insured by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
Medical Advantage Plan (MAP): Highest fixed-cash benefits plus additional benefits for surgery, lab work, outpatient care and doctors' visits. Insured by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
Discounts and Products
Prescription Discounts: Discounts at pharmacies nationwide, plus substantial savings through mail-orders. Provided by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
Vision Discounts: Great savings on eye exams, frames, lenses and more at thousands of participating locations, including independent Doctors of Optometry. Provided by Cole Vision Company
Medicare-Reimbursed Medical Supplies: Name-brand medical supplies covered by Medicare Part B shipped to your door. Provided by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
Health Essentials Catalog: Savings on vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications and more. Provided by United HealthCare Insurance Company.
AARP Member Benefits are offered by third-parties through contractual arrangements with AARP Services Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AARP, or by AARP Financial Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AARP Services, Incorporated.