Keeping you informed: Changes to the fitness benefit

Due to a recent clarification by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we’re changing the items available for the fitness reimbursement benefit, which is available with 492 Aetna Medicare plans.

Key things to know
  • Effective immediately, the fitness benefit can no longer be used for the following items:
    • Athletic shoes (all types)
    • Camping tents
    • Fishing rods
    • Hiking poles
    • National and state park fees
  • Updated Evidence of Coverage and Summary of Benefits documents (English versions) are now available on Translated versions will be available by May 10. Please see instructions below for accessing the updated Summary of Benefits to add to your enrollment kits. 

An updated fitness direct member reimbursement form will be available by April 23. 

To learn more about the fitness reimbursement benefit, please view our updated broker educational flyer and updated fitness reimbursement guide. Please immediately delete or throw away any old versions of these materials in your possession.

Action required for enrollment kits

You are required to replace the Summary of Benefits pages in any paper enrollment kits you have for affected plans. For plans that have the fitness benefit:

  1. Remove the existing Summary of Benefits pages. 
  2. Download and print the updated Summary of Benefits documents from and insert them into your enrollment kits.
    • All affected Summary of Benefits (English versions) on are updated. (Note: The “updated” date for this document shows as “12/15/2023” but this date will be replaced soon.) Spanish-language and other translated versions will be available in mid-May.

New enrollment kits (English) ordered on and after Thursday, April 25, will automatically contain the corrected Summary of Benefits. Updated translated enrollment kits will be available in mid-May. 

Member communications
  • Members will receive an errata letter explaining this change starting on April 23.
  • While the benefit amount has not changed, we understand that some members may have to purchase different items than they originally intended. If members have questions, encourage them to call us at the number on their member ID card.
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If you need assistance, please contact your local Aetna Medicare Broker Manager.

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