TAMPA — Jacklynn Hurst's questions about her future grow. The 70-year-old wonders: What's going to happen to me tomorrow? Will Medicare be around? How good will my quality of care be? "Will my children be able to afford to take care of me?" she asked. U.S. Sen. Bill...

Velma Soliz appeared on a screen for her appointment with Dr. Eddy Benoit at David Lawrence Center in Naples. The 38-year-old mother was a 40-mile drive away, at the Lawrence Center’s Immokalee outpost, minutes from her mobile home. “How are you doing?” said Benoit, her psychiatrist,...

WASHINGTON — Contractors building a new veterans hospital in Orlando told a congressional panel Tuesday that the complex — already months behind schedule — will be delayed longer and could cost more than $100 million extra to finish. Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs have...

Kathy and Stan Peters talk about retiring to Florida, but first, they must consider Sarah, their daughter with intellectual disabilities. She's 28 and lives at home but wants her independence. Florida's group home situation is dismal, and Connecticut — unless there's an emergency in the...

Faced with soaring health care costs and shrinking Medicare andMedicaid financing, nursing home operators are closing some facilities and embracing an emerging model of care that allows many elderly patients to remain in their homes and still receive the medical and social services available in institutions. The rapid expansion...

By David Morgan WASHINGTON- (Reuters) - Gvernment spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total economic output, congressional researchers said on Tuesday. In its annual budget and economic outlook, the...

3.9 percent rise similar to 2009 figure, study finds. MONDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- High unemployment, lower incomes, increased cost sharing and a large drop in the number of people with private health insurance limited the growth of health spending in the United States to...

By Carol Gentry This week, federal health officials are expected to give Florida an early Christmas present: an extension on a five-county Medicaid Pilot that requires patients to be enrolled in managed care. But when state officials unwrap the gift, they're likely to find a bundle of...

On Thursday, federal lawmakers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries gathered on Capitol Hill to warn the debt panel of the consequences of cutting entitlement programs as part of deficit-reduction strategies, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 11/17). Republicans seek significant entitlement cuts to curb increasing deficits, and some Democrats...

TAMPA, Florida Reuters) - U.S. authorities arrested 22 people in Florida on Friday, including pharmacists and doctors, in a crackdown against prescription drug abuse that officials say is the nation's fastest growing drug problem. The arrests in Orlando and Tampa were the latest steps in successive operations...