A former two-term Republican state representative is eyeing a return to Florida's political arena in a bid to take back his seat and turn the state's economy around.
Bob Cortes, who previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2014-2018, filed to run for House District 30 this week. The district, which includes parts of Seminole County and Orange County, was previously held by Cortes before the 2018 elections.
The seat is currently held by Democratic Representative Joy Goff-Marcil, who narrowly defeated Cortez during the last election cycle.
Big Medical Damages Lead to Rising Insurance Costs
When you flip through the daily newspaper or scroll through the news on your phone, it isn’t unusual to find numerous headlines about big-money personal-injury lawsuits. Almost every day, there are stories about people suing businesses for millions upon millions of dollars in compensation for just about every reason you can imagine. These stories can seem almost mundane, but the truth is that they are often expensive schemes drawn up by lawyers in an attempt to reap massive damage awards on the average citizen’s dime, and as we come out of this COVID-19 crisis, I can already see the plaintiff lawyers lining up for a shot at the medical community.
Inaccurate Medical Damages Mean Higher Insurance Rates
Every year it seems like medical bills in Florida climb higher and bring insurance rates up along with them. Unfortunately, loopholes in our civil justice system are a big reason why.
Right now, there are many ways for trial lawyers to misrepresent the costs of medical damages in court. Often, our Florida courts aren’t allowed to see how much a patient paid for treatment, meaning it’s impossible to accurately award damages. Plaintiff lawyers even force medical providers to sign agreements called “letters of protection” before a lawsuit even begins that further mask the true costs of treatment.
Only three weeks remain in the 2020 Legislative Session, and lawmakers are on pins and needles, hoping to see their magnum opus receive enough votes to make it to Governor Ron DeSantis' desk.
While we are officially "in the short rows," there is plenty of pivotal legislation left on the table that could have huge ramifications for Florida's diverse economy.
While most lawmakers and politicos can see the finish line, one of the most respected women in Florida's political arena is fighting daily to advocate for policies that will improve the state's business and hospitality sector.
Patients typically receive surprise medical bills after a medical emergency, when the nearest hospital or clinic may be the only reasonable option, but falls outside of the patient’s insurance network. In this situation, because the patient is seen and treated by an out-of-network doctor, the insurance company will deny the coverage and pass the bill onto the patient. These unfortunate patients are paying high premiums and deductibles so that they can have access to health care, especially when they need it the most.
Now the insurance industry is trying to pass legislation in Congress that would let them set the rates they pay to “out of network” hospitals and doctors. This would give them the ability to low-ball providers and pocket more money, thus undermining the long-term economic viability of hospitals and doctors.
Discusses His Campaign for Florida's 3rd Congressional District
The race for Florida's 3rd Congressional District is getting a lot of attention lately, with more than seven Republicans running to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho.
You can now add an eighth candidate to the overcrowded field.
Businessman and Author Ryan Chamberlin is the latest to throw his hat into the crowded Republican primary. The Marion consultant, however, believes that his campaign is different, citing his career assisting, growing, and influencing thousands of businesses as an anomaly.
Pigman Encourages Removing Barriers for Independent Practice
Representative Cary Pigman sat down with the Florida Chamber this week to discuss legislation that would remove barriers and allow healthcare providers to utilize their full education.
The bill (HB 607) would remove unnecessary administrative burdens for physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) to make it easier for patients to access the care they need, where and when they need it.
Q&A: Gavin Rollins Discusses His Campaign for Florida's 3rd Congressional District
2020 may be one of the most fascinating election years in recent memory. President Donald Trump is seeking reelection, the GOP is looking to take back the House, and Florida lawmakers are hoping to increase their domination in both chambers.
While the biggest election involves the White House, Republicans across the U.S. are fighting for conservatism in an era where socialism and progressive dogma plague every facet of modern society. One of those conservative leaders is Gavin Rollins.
Graduation rates in the state of Florida continue to rise under conservative leadership.
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s 2018-19 graduation rate increased to 86.9 percent, an increase of 0.8 percentage points over last year and a jump of 27.7 percentage points since 2003-04.
“I applaud Florida’s students, parents and educators for their hard work and dedication that lead to these increased graduation rates,” said DeSantis. “While these results are a positive mark of Florida’s upward progress, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. We must continue striving for educational excellence and making Florida the number one state in the nation for education.”
Trumbull's Devotion to Northwest Florida Pays Off in First Fundraiser of 2020
There are committed legislators, then there's Jay Trumbull.
Rep. Trumbull, who represents the 6th District, which includes Panama City, kicked off his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday night in Lynn Haven, Florida.
The event, which featured a collection of who's who in Panhandle politics -- including Sen. George Gainer and former U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland -- drew an immense crowd of supporters who are eager to vote for Trumbull in 2020.