Green Bay, Wisconsin
March 8, 2018 10:06am CST
There's just something about getting old that makes people think you want their unwanted and unsolicited mail. Since I was about to turn 50, I started getting AARP solicitation in the mail. I've thrown them out continually. Then I started getting a letter from Washington D.C. That turned out to be about funeral expenses. Since the first of the year, on a weekly basis, I'm getting solicitation from every insurance agency around. Why? I'm turning 65 and they want me to buy their Medicare program. I opened the mailbox this morning on my way in from the pool and shopping, and pulled out a letter from Social Security. It too is dealing with Medicare. Why can't people just wait until I'm interested in what they have to offer, before deciding I might be interested in their offers? Next month is the golden month for me. I will need to take care of my Medicare requirements. I already started checking into it last month, and got the most important issue solved. Then I did start looking at supplemental information, and got an immediate phone call, and got my questions answered. There is only one thing I need to do. I'm on Medicaid for all my medical concerns. For those who don't know, Medicaid is government help for poor people for their medical needs. Because I'm on Medicaid, Social Security has a program to help me with Medicare. I just need to fill out a form next month, so when I turn 65 in July, it will go into effect. Because I'm on Medicaid, I don't need to worry about the supplement. Medicaid will pick up that 20% not covered by Medicare. So, until I reach that magic date on the calendar, I'm going to continue to throw out every unwanted solicitation letter telling me how old I am and the offers they have for me. Do you open your unwanted solicitation mail or do you toss it into your recycle bin without opening it? Thanks for reading.
22 people like this
• United States
YES! I do too. if the insurance companies did not waste so much money on unwanted mail the price might be cheaper for us to actually buy their insurance. My sister has the medicare and medicaid for insurance since she has been on SSD.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
I already get AARP mail, and I wont be 28 till next month. Lol. We get a lot of mail for the people who lived here before us, if its important we let them know because they still have a little bit of land next door. But if not we burn it.
• Roseburg, Oregon
@just4him AARP keeps sending us mail and I got a free membership at my job and never got no discounts when I tried to use it. When I retired they wanted money for the membership that did me no good when it was free through my work so why pay for it.
i agree. the nursing office in my school wants me to be registered in their research program and make my own research. i told our dean that i don't think that is possible since i will retire, hopefully, in 2 years time. also the nurses association here wants me to be a lifetime member and pay P5k. i reasoned out that i will reach 60 in 2 years time. unwanted mails in my email address? oh, so many survey sites, and spam.
• Midland, Michigan
The one bit of mail that I get the most tired with is a letter from a business in our area thinking I should be ready to purchase my first hearing aid. They send one to me almost monthly, although maybe not quite that often. But, too often for me. That goes in the trash each time. I began getting the medicare mail since last year too.*(and some phone calls too). I did take notes from one of those calls and that helped me understand some of the options. I'm opting to wait until my sixty-sixth birthday when I will be getting my first social security check because I didn't have extra funds to pay for any of medicare before then. You have three months before your birthday to three months after to sign up without any penalty. Because I already have health insurance through work, I won't get any penalties for waiting the year. I got something recently from the SSA office for medicare part B, which I've taken care of. I have until the end of June to decide what I want for the supplemental. Omaha insurance company sends me info quite often. I've saved a few of them and have a booklet from them that explains a lot along with a booklet from the government. All other junk mail gets tossed right away without me checking it out first for the most part. When in July is your birthday? Mine is the first.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
The 19th. I'll be taking care of Medicare next month. They have a state buy in program for people who have small Social Security checks, which mine is. I called Social Security for information instead of contacting anyone else. Though with the supplement information, I did need to know how that is handled. So with my Medicaid taking care of that, I'm okay with Medicare. So everything now goes in the trash without thinking about it.