Tennessee YMCAs will be included in fitness network for 2020 and beyond
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will offer American Specialty Health’s Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise Program as the sole fitness offering for its Medicare Advantage members beginning January 1, 2020. The Silver&Fit network will provide BlueCross members access to Tennessee YMCAs after the end of the year.
“We’re excited to work with Silver&Fit to deliver the fitness offerings our members want,” said Todd Ray, senior vice president of senior products at BlueCross. “And we’re glad our members can continue using the fitness facilities of their choice, including YMCAs.”
“We value the relationships we’ve built with BlueCross Medicare Advantage members over the years,” said Ted Cornelius, executive director of the Tennessee State Alliance of YMCAs. “We welcome the opportunity to continue those relationships through 2020 and beyond as part of the Silver&Fit network.”
Silver&Fit is a value-added service that is available to BlueCross Medicare Advantage members at no additional cost. The program offers access to a variety of fitness centers as well as home fitness kits, online/recorded fitness classes, a library of online wellness resources, and more. Silver&Fit first started contracting Tennessee YMCAs in their network in 2014 and have continued to add additional Tennessee YMCAs and other fitness centers since then.
“Staying active can help older adults stay healthy and happy,” said George DeVries, chairman and CEO of American Specialty Health, the parent company of Silver&Fit. “We are pleased to support BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s senior members as they pursue their wellness goals.”
BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO plans earned a 4-STAR quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fifth consecutive year. And the company recently introduced the state’s first Medicare Advantage plan specially designed for people with diabetes. For more information about Medicare options available from BlueCross, visit bcbst-medicare.com.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.
About the Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise Program
The Silver&Fit® program is a healthy aging and exercise program providing unique, evidence-based fitness and health education activities for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees. For more information, visit www.ASHCompanies.com or call 800-848-3555.
The Silver&Fit program is a product of American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).
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