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As our society continues to struggle with the opioid epidemic, opioid abuse among those 50 and older has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards in the coming weeks and months in an effort to combat identity theft. The new cards will use a randomly assigned number called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based numbers currently on cards. We're joined by Marilyn Gregory, she's a Licensed Navigator with The Health Planning  Council of SWFL, to find out what this all means for folks on Medicare, and any changes they might encounter going forward.

A program that helps thousands of Florida seniors sign up for Medicare could lose all of its funding by the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.

With everyone age 65 and older eligible for Medicare, seniors may be the last group that comes to mind when there's talk of Medicaid spending reductions.

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The AARP was among the groups who applauded last week's failure of the U.S. House of Representatives' healthcare overhaul. The AARP vocally opposed the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, calling the replacement plan an “age tax.”

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