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Legislation Will Help Save Community Pharmacies, Attention to Patient Care

March 21, 2017 - 8:00am

Florida’s current Agency for Healthcare Administrations (AHCA) rules state managed care plans can limit the number of pharmacies allowed to participate in their Medicaid Managed Care networks based on meeting the federal Medicare network adequacy standards. ACHA adopted these standards, which only require plans to have one pharmacy within a 30-minute travel time for patients in urban areas and a 60-minute travel time for patients in rural areas.

How ‘Ceremonial’ Mayor Gillum Shot Himself in Both Feet

March 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

An ironic thing happened on the way to the Democratic nomination for governor for Tallahassee’s “ceremonial” Mayor Andrew Gillum.

As Leslie Wimes said the other day in her column, another Democrat got tripped up on an email issue.

And once again, it’s a self-inflicted error.

As a result, a complaint has been filed with 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell, who has asked that new Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil investigate the charge.

Prosperity for Our Families and Future

March 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Thanks to the efforts of Governor Rick Scott and the state’s committed business leaders,‭ ‬Florida has one of the strongest economies in the country.‭ ‬With our unemployment rate under‭ ‬5‭ ‬percent,‭   ‬Florida continues to exceed the nation’s annual job growth rate and tourism,‭ ‬one of the state’s economic drivers remains strong,‭ ‬with just under‭ ‬113‭ ‬million visitors in‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬an increase from just‭ ‬86‭ ‬million‭ ‬visitors just three years ago.

Trump Needs to Drain the “Healthcare” Swamp

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

In his Feb 28 address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Trump called the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) an “imploding disaster.”

Thank you, President Trump, for Acting on Flawed WOTUS Rule

March 6, 2017 - 6:00am

The President issued an executive order last week calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to review and revise the indefensible U.S. Army Corps if Engineers and EPA rule redefining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act. I can think of a no more qualified candidate for regulatory rollback than this infamous rule.

My Father, George Barley, Would Have Opposed the Everglades Reservoir Plan

March 4, 2017 - 9:00pm

My father, George Barley, never ceased to amaze me with his passion for nature and wildlife. It was evident from my first memories when we lived on the pristine shores of Playalinda Beach in the late 1950s, which is now the Cape Canaveral National Seashore where the rocket launch pads sit.  

Five Things I Learned in Washington about Lake Okeechobee Discharges

March 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I had the opportunity to meet in Washington with Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson, members of Congress, senior budget staff, and high-level representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the best way to reduce and ultimately eliminate the devastating discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  After completing these meetings and reviewing related documents, here are five things I know:

Congress Should Work with Trump Administration on National Debt

March 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Responding to President Donald Trump touching on the national debt in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., took to the House floor to weigh in on the issue. His speech is below:

By Working Together, Northwest Florida Has a Chance for a Brighter Future

February 27, 2017 - 3:45pm

One region, one voice. One united goal.

When millions of gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in the country’s worst environmental disaster, Northwest Florida was devastated. It was an overwhelming punch to the gut for the people and economy of our region.

Safe Fracking: Good for America

February 27, 2017 - 6:00am

Many veterans of war, including myself, have concerns with foreign products being purchased from countries at war, namely those in the Middle East. We have come a long way in recent years to obtain our own oil and natural gas within the U.S., however we can’t lift our feet off of the pedal.


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