Help! I’m being buried in an avalanche of mailings from AARP/United Healthcare, telling me why I should sign up for their Medicare Supplement plan. Lest you think our health care system is on the way to cutting costs, let me set the record straight. It isn’t. AARP is stalking me–and millions of other Baby Boomers–as we’re about to turn 65 this year. It stands to clean up if we chose its Medicare supplement (provided by United Healthcare) versus plans from numerous competitors, including Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna and Prudential. And it doesn’t intend to let us forget about it, even for one day.
How can a company justify sending me not one, not two, not three, but about 25 thick packets filled with dozens of pages, all saying the same thing? And all within a couple of months. The cost of the paper, printing, collating and stuffing envelopes, as well as mailing and postage, is not insignifant. No wonder our insurance costs are continually rising.
Today, I swear, I received two more identical packges in the mail from AARP, one addressed to me and the other to my ex-husband. Douglas and I have not lived together since 1988. Maybe AARP knows we’re good friends and figured we’d be spending our time discussing Medicare options.
What’s especially ironic about all these mailings is that I decided, months ago, to choose AARP’s plan. I’m actually thinking I may NOT sign up for it, however, in light of all its massive bureaucratic waste.