AARP Informative - AARP is only an advertising front - and a poor one at that
I have seen many complaints on the site about AARP and their less than pro-elderly tactics. More as acting as a front for other advertisers. Well, this morning I had an experience that reduced their credibility even further. Zero, in my book.
There is an ad on TV (endorsed by AARP) for supplemental Medicare health insurance. Next year my wife and I will being getting Medicare. The logical thing to do get as much information as possible BEFORE you are faced with the commitments. Not the way the people that use the AARP tag to push their products see it.
I called the advertised number (1-800-495-9576) for the United Health Care Medicare supplement information. The girl asked several innocuous questions. One of which was my date of birth. No big deal. I am sure there are many people born on my birth date. Then asked if I was currently on Medicare. I told no, not until next year. Here is the killer: "We cannot give you this information unless you are currently on Medicare."
This was only supposed to be a request for a booklet of information. But their position was obviously to line you up with spending money by the end of the phone call.
I then called AARP. They claimed no connection with what the ad claimed. That is to supply you with information. Bear in mind the AARP logo is the largest print on the booklet you see on the TV ad. No matter. AARP is concerned only with the kickback. They are totally disinterested on whether these companies provide any service for their members.
With that I advised the AARP representative that since they provided no useful assistance, service and/or information when our membership expired it would not be renewed. Not that they care in the least. But I felt better.