HPP to offer YMCA fitness memberships for Medicaid/Medicare members

PHILADELPHIA — Health Partners Plans (HPP) is expanding its commitment to health care with a new partnership with YMCA of Greater Brandywine. For the first time, many Medicaid members will be eligible for fitness memberships – covered by HPP for a full calendar year from when they enroll — at one of seven YMCA locations in Chester County. Medicare and CHIP recipients will also have access to the life-changing fitness memberships.

The new benefit will be available for members of the YMCA’s Oscar Lasko, Upper Main Line, Brandywine, Lionville Community, Kennett Area, West Chester Area and Jennersville branches. After completing only six gym visits (paying no fee) within the first three months, Medicaid and CHIP members under age 18 can enjoy a one-year membership. Medicaid members over age 18 can take advantage of the free membership after completing just 12 visits (at $2 per visit) in the first three months. Medicare members need only show up and sign up for the free year-long membership, courtesy of HPP and the Greater Brandywine YMCA.

“Increasing the ease of access to facilities our members can use to improve their health outcomes is a top priority for Health Partners Plans,” said Michelle Davidson, vice president of communications and marketing. “This unprecedented partnership with YMCA of Greater Brandywine allows us to further ensure our members in Chester County have access to wellness programs and other community resources.”

The partnership with YMCA of Greater Brandywine will help HPP continue its mission of doing it right — helping local families get fit, and live healthier, happier lives. Members will now have easier access to free weights and machine weights, cardio equipment and fitness classes to control weight, get stronger and help prevent life-threatening medical conditions. Many locations also have swimming facilities, playing fields and athletic courts.



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