Is there an out-of-pocket cost to seniors and do they need a doctor's letter for the insurance to cover the cost?
|Coverage for the Geri-Fit program depends on the insurance plan and whether the location where classes are offered is a hosting site. Some clients have submitted their Geri-Fit receipts directly to their insurance company for reimbursement and some have been quite successful at getting partial fees reimbursed even when they were only covered for another type of fitness program or health club membership. This decision largely depends on what your insurance plan covers. Typically, the client does not have to have a doctor's approval in order to be accepted into Geri-Fit. However, some situations would apply such as a recent hip or knee replacement, an extended hospital stay, or other medical condition and/or whether the doctor thinks the patient is ready for an ongoing strength training program like Geri-Fit. Having a doctor's letter that he/she wants the patient exercising in Geri-Fit is certainly helpful but it does not guarantee that exercise class fees will be covered. Again, it depends on the insurance company's coverage. The best thing to do is to inquire with your insurance company's Member Services department to see what is and what isn't covered. If your insurance company has any questions about the Geri-Fit program, either refer them to our website or have them call 1-888-437-4348 x8. Special note: when speaking to member services, make sure you spell out Geri-Fit as follows: G as in GASOLINE, E, R, I, DASH, F as in Frank, I, T as in Tom and have them read the spelling back to you. Some operators may accidentally look for it in their system as Jerri-Fit or substitute a "J" for the "G". Geri-Fit is short for "geriatric fitness."|
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