YMCA Helps Secure Free Memberships for Aetna Better Health Policy Holders

| June 15, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. – Staying active and involved is good for health and well-being. 

Some insurance companies offer health and wellness benefits to insure their members have access to healthy activities like swimming, basketball and walking by offering free YMCA Memberships.

Most Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania and Aetna Better Health Kids plans provide health benefits and manage care for people enrolled in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program (Medicaid) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

In most cases, this means the insurance plan pays for your YMCA Membership.

The Oil City YMCA will assist with enrollment in the membership program.  It’s totally free.  Once enrolled, just meet the minimum number of visits required by Aetna Better Health and your membership is paid for for one year.  You can re-enroll in subsequent years if you still carry the same insurance.

“This is a great program for those who qualify,” said Membership Coordinator Lisa Roess.  She encourages those with Aetna Better Health insurance to stop by the Y and find out if they could receive a free membership.

Roess administers the program for the YMCA and takes steps to ensure that members meet their requirements so they can gain a free YMCA membership.  She is available Monday through Friday to help those who want to learn more.

Many healthy options are available at the Oil City YMCA.  The Y offers an indoor swimming pool and walking track, a full-size gymnasium, a wellness center and weight room, a game room, and plenty of space for adults, children, teens and seniors to relax and socialize.  Programs are available to members at a lower price or no cost.

Anyone wishing to learn more about a free YMCA Membership through Aetna Better Health can call Membership Coordinator Lisa Roess at 814-677-3000.  Enrollment paperwork is also available during regular hours at the Oil City YMCA Member Service Desk.

*Please note, insurance cards must read, “Aetna Better Health” to qualify.

For More Information

For more information about the Oil City YMCA and Y programs, please visit the YMCA website at www.oilcityymca.org, call 814-677-3000, and follow the Y on Facebook.

The Oil City YMCA is a branch of the Scenic Rivers Association, which includes the Clarion County YMCA, Clarion County YMCA, Younger Days Child Care and Camp Coffman.


The Oil City YMCA hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(Article submitted by Michelle Murray, Marketing & Membership Director, Clarion County YMCA, Oil City YMCA, and YMCA Camp Coffman)

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