H-F racquet club agrees to accept new seniors health program

Senior citizens who have supplemental Medicare insurance through United Healthcare will be able to continue receiving membership at the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Racquet & Fitness Club despite changes in the SilverSneakers plan.
SilverSneakers is an exercise program specifically designed for older adults with the goal of keeping engaged and interested through fun and social activities. Insurance companies reimburse for the services.
United Healthcare is leaving SilverSneakers and establishing its own Optum Fitness Advantage program on Jan. 1, 2019.  At its July 16 meeting, the park district board agreed to extend racquet club membership to United Healthcare policyholders under Optum Fitness Advantage. 
The park district was being reimbursed $3 per visit with a maximum of $36 for 12 visits per month, said Eileen Rohrer, racquet club manager.  Under the new plan presented by United Healthcare, the club will be reimbursed $5 per visit with a maximum of $40 for eight visits. Rohrer said while the number of approved visits drops the income goes up. She called it “a win-win for us.” The racquet club could see an increase in revenue because of the switch, she said.
The racquet club has more than 1,400 SilverSneakers members and insurance companies reimburse H-F parks an estimated $132,000 annually. Rohrer said United Healthcare now has 75 percent of the club’s SilverSneakers membership, so switching to Optum Fitness Advantage is a wise choice. 
In other business, Kopas reported working with School District 153 Superintendent Dale Mitchell to get a basketball net installed in the Willow School parking lot in Homewood. Kopas said the request came from residents in the area. A site was located and the park district will purchase and install a post and backboard and stripe the parking lot.
The board gave approval for serving alcohol during the tennis league season and monthly social events, such as the fall adult tennis mixer in September, the Halloween adult tennis mixer in October and a 45th anniversary celebration of the racquet club planned for October.

The board agreed to purchase a 2016 New Holland L228 Skid Steer for $32,250 from Martin Implement. The equipment will used for fencing, new signs, landscaping, benches and loading and unloading deliveries. The park district was able to trade in the 1998 model that was past its useful life.

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