AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) is a non-government affiliated interest group founded in 1958. The organization advocates on the behalf of its members, who are individuals 50 years or older, and is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. AARP currently has over 37 million members. AARP Services Inc., an affiliated AARP for-profit organization, offers a variety of insurance products including Medicare supplemental health insurance (Medigap), discounts on prescriptions, long-term care insurance, and life insurance, among others. AARP Services Inc. is not an insurance company, instead it licenses its name to its insurance partners such as UnitedHealth Group and Aetna for insurance marketing.
AARP offers three types of Medicare plans from UnitedHealthcare or one of its affiliates1:
AARP® MedicareComplete® Medicare Advantage
All plans include urgent care, worldwide emergency coverage, and a 24-hr nurse hotline. Most plans include prescription drug coverage. Most plans have no additional monthly premium beyond what you already pay for Part B. You can purchase HMO (Health Maintenance Organization), POS (Point-of-Service), or PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) AARP Medicare Advantage plans.
Medicare Supplement (Medigap)
Plan availability and rates vary by your state/area. Your Medigap plan is accepted by any provider that accepts Medicare patients, and your insurer cannot cancel your coverage or increase your premium based on your health status or how many claims you file. You can also combine your Medigap plan with a Medicare prescription drug plan2.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans/Part D Plans
All plans include thousands of prescription drugs in their formularies but they offer slightly different coverage and drug lists. These plans have a pharmacy network with over 65,000 locations as well as a Preferred Mail Service Pharmacy. There are three categories of Medicare prescription drug plans that are available for purchase this year 3:
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