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Pharmaceutical companies have for the past 20 years barraged the public with commercials about pills that help people lose weight, control cholesterol or soothe irritable bowels.

A California judge could decide Tuesday if Gloria Single will be reunited with her husband, Bill. She's 83 years old. He's 93. The two have been married for 30 years. They lived in the same nursing home until last March, when Gloria Single was evicted without warning.

Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing home- and community-based health care options for seniors and the disabled, a new report says.

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The AARP has been outspoken in its opposition to the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House earlier this month.

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Seniors who like their Medicare choice this year, shouldn't assume it will be the same next year.

A doctor in your network this year could be out of network next year. The same goes for a prescription drug that is covered this year.

Seniors who aren't comparison shopping during Medicare open enrollment, could see their costs increase.

Colleen Krepstekies with the AARP says her agency can connect seniors to organizations that can help them navigate the enrollment process.

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Mary Theresa Anderson is sitting in the back of a Miami Beach Convention Center ballroom, listening as entrepreneurs pitch health apps geared toward her and other retirees.

The former trauma nurse from Maryland follows along as venture capitalists drill aspiring businessmen and women about products offering brain exercises, real-time health monitoring, even online vitamin delivery.

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A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

Florida can do a better job of caring for its elderly and disabled residents and the loved ones who care for them, a new report says.

The state ranked 43rd nationwide in a new AARP scorecard on long-term care released today, which measured criteria from affordability and access to choice of setting and providers. In particular, Florida placed dead last or near the bottom regarding quality of life and quality of care regarding adults with disabilities.

Designers of road systems in Florida’s metro areas apparently were focused on moving as many vehicles as possible from suburbs to downtown and back, and gave little thought to pedestrians. As a result, four Florida metro areas are the most dangerous in the country to go for a walk, according to a study from AARP.

Does the Affordable Care Act permit the government to seize assets after Medicaid patients age 55 or older die? According to the Florida Times-Union, states have had the option to do that since the Medicaid program started in 1965.

Plans to repeal a freeze on new nursing home beds in Florida are building steam among lawmakers as the pre-session work continues. The House Health Innovations Subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously backed the plan to lift the 2001 moratorium on opening new community nursing homes and adding up to 5,000 new nursing home beds across the state, according to the Florida Current. The rule was created as a means to control Medicaid costs, but expires in 2014.

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UnitedHealthcare’s AARP Medicare Advantage plan is dropping thousands of physicians from its network, as well as extras like fitness classes through Silver Sneakers, the Tampa Bay Times reports (paywall alert). In the words of one beneficiary whose plan will soon stop paying for aqua aerobics classes at the YMCA, the change in benefits is “pretty dumb.” 

UnitedHealthcare, which sells AARP Medicare products including HMO-style Medicare Advantage plans, took out a full-page newspaper ad that blamed the decision to shrink provider networks in 2014 on reductions in federal funding. But as the Tampa Bay Times reports, payments from the federal government to Medicare Advantage plans will actually increase 3.3 percent next year. (Paywall after 15th click) 

UnitedHealthcare is triggering a furor in southwest Florida by dropping 300 physicians from its AARP/Medicare Complete HMO network, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

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H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center says that treatment there will no longer be covered as in-network care by AARP Medicare plans as of Jan. 1. After that date, members of Evercare, Secure Horizons and AARP Medicare Complete will have to pay at a higher out-of-network rate, according to a letter published in the Tampa Tribune by Dr. Alan List, Moffitt's CEO and president.

The health-care system was already complex enough, and it's getting more confusing as the main portions of the Affordable Care Act  are about to go into effect Jan. 1.  This is the time when con men can take advantage of the confusion, particularly targeting senior citizens.

The Senate unanimously approved a ban on texting-while-driving this morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The bill's next stop is the House.