EUGENE, OREGON -- Just received my renewal notice from AARP. Thought it strange since I'm a multi-year member. Checked my records and I'm not due for renewal. Looking closer, I see it's a renewal notice from AARP Foundation, not AARP. So, because I donated to the Foundation before, I get a renewal notice? Really? And it looks likes a membership renewal. Coincidence? I don't think so. I think it's a misleading mailing designed to confuse the recipient into thinking it's a membership renewal, which will generate more money again for the Foundation. How ethical is that? So, what does the Foundation stand for anyway if they use dishonest fundraising tactics?
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- As a member of AARP, I got an offer from Hartford Insurance to save more than $300 per year on car insurance. I requested a quote and as promised it was more than $300 less than my current company for the same coverage. My current agent told me if I could get that price I should take it. So, I switched to Hartford.
One year later when I got my renewal bill the price went up by more than $300. When I called Hartford for an explanation I was told that "Hartford had re-evaluated their Illinois rates". I have no tickets or accidents. Fortunately for me, I was able to go back to my old company. Now once again, Hartford is sending me offers to save $300 per year. I wonder if Hartford pays AARP for their endorsement? At least in my case any endorsements I get from AARP are suspect at best.
PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA -- Part of your monthly UnitedHealthcare insurance payment goes to AARP directly (they don't tell you how much). I paid $130 monthly for 6 months and they hardly paid anything out… still had deductibles and had to pay portion. What they tell you in order to get you to sign up and what is reality, it is a scam. Better off being with an HMO or just on Medicare.
I paid $46 for RX through them and had high payouts and was constantly told by RX Store that I must be in the "black out " period or something of that nature. It's a joke. The only ones profiting from these plans are the insurance companies. I opted out and I am trying Humana HMO plan - no monthly payments and I have getting better RX than with AARP and no deductibles to primary. So far, so good.
We turned 65 and trusted AARP to assist us in a plan. They endorses a substandard insurance Co that refused to do anything but take our money. No coordination of benefits, they are prevented from speaking to each other within the Co. and misled us all the way. We are now stuck without Ins. as they got my wife's wrong and then canceled it without informing us despite my spending hours trying to get information from them. They hide behind HIPPA but are actually violating HIPPA regularly. This is why America has third world medical care costing far more than any other country in the world.
RANCHO CUCAMONGO, CALIFORNIA -- This is not to complain because it really falls on deaf ears. What the elderly need is someone or a group of elderly people that are very well educated and retired from a magazine or book publishing companies to start a real magazine or publication for the elderly. A publication with sound information of which companies to buy from and which one to steer clear of. AARP at one time was that company. Now it is a big advertising company for anybody that will pay them the big bucks to print their advertisement and is recommended by AARP.
If AARP knows how these companies are treating their so called members then they should be ashamed. From what I have read on the internet they know what these companies are doing and just don't care. It brings in the big bucks. The way to change their attitude is to stop being a member. We need to start a company that gives us the truth. Not treat us like mushrooms, keep us in the dark and feed us manure.
NEW YORK -- At the beginning of the year, my company changed insurance plans and in order to get what they told me was the best coverage, I would have to sign up with AARP for 1 year and I did. Shortly after that, I got a bill for a 3 year membership. I sent it back saying I did not ask for and did not want a 3 year membership. They kept sending bills and I kept sending them back. This has happened 5 times so far. I can't get them to stop and it is very annoying and I'm wondering if it will have any effect on my credit rating.
The AARP makes out like it endorses insurance products because they offer good value to their members. In fact the AARP is an insurance agency and earns commissions on every insurance policy it sells. It uses its nonprofit status to shield its earnings from federal taxation and then funnels all this money into electing left wing politicians and lobbying for ultra-liberal legislation.
People who believe that the AARP is some kind of a watchdog for senior citizens are just deceiving themselves. Recently, the AARP became as enthusiastic supporter of Obama Care even though Obama Care will rob the Medicare Trust Fund to give free health care for people who never paid into the system.
The fact that Obama Care guarantees that Medicare will go broke doesn't bother the AARP in the least. All they care about is furthering the agenda of the left wing of the Democratic Party. After all they stood by and did nothing as Congress raided the Social Security system using Social Security payments to fund massive government welfare programs. The AARP has been ignoring this problem for decades now. The Social Security system has a 100 Trillion dollar non-funded liability that even the federal government is unable to pay off.
The fact is the AARP really doesn't care about seniors at all. Why else would they design the insurance products they sell to their members to maximize their own commissions to the extent that they only provide mediocre value to their members? If you have any doubts about this just run a Google search for complaints on any product that the AARP sells. What you will find is pages and pages of complaints from seniors who have been ripped off by the AARP.
WASHINGTON,DC -- This organization of older people could have a immense impact on the political events which affect your everyday living. Instead it gives tries to satisfy with with inept leaders who give you a general store. They have done very little that a huge group of people couldn't already do. Why doesn't the membership of AARP begin a more liberal Republican & more conservative Democratic 3rd party which this country sorely needs??? Instead we sit on the sidelines choosing to watch once again & allowing others to make our decisions which often aren't in our best interests.
Why should anyone care about AARP?? Its impotent in the real world because that's exactly where present day leadership has taken you. Does anyone besides myself realize what would happen if everyone over 65 could agree on common ground & form such a large group that we may not at first Win the election during the 1st year but we'll have tremendous clout to decide on our own interests instead of waiting for the self-serving House & Senate members to review & review & review the bills which interest us. This is already a poorly run organization & it's not getting any better. I urge all of you to cancel your AARP membership & show them we mean business, NOW.
SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK -- AARP is a marketing agency for -- among others -- UnitedHealthcare, which sells Medicare advantage plans to old folks like me. UnitedHealthcare, in turn, uses this as bait for other -- non-AARP -- insurance for areas where they do not choose to offer the more complete AARP "approved" programs.
Availability and coverage vary from county to county, and AARP takes no responsibility for assuring that the products it markets for UHC will actually be delivered. I had such a policy; I moved. The policy was no longer applicable. AARP offered no other plan; UHC supposedly switched me to another one. But it didn't happen, and I can no longer get medications and services I need.
TAMPA -- Cancelling my AARP insurance supplement today and going with a new provider that offers the SilverSneakers program in Florida. Was told by AARP agent no SilverSneakers in Florida when there are about 15 other providers which offer the program to Medicare recipients.