Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Actions to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Floridians
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-164 implementing reforms that will hold Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBM’s) accountable when managing prescription drug benefits for insurance companies.
Governor DeSantis went on to say “Florida continues to lead the nation in ensuring accountability in the health care industry and in introducing reforms to combat rising prescriptions costs. This executive order requires accountability and transparency for pharmaceutical middlemen when doing business with the state, thereby reducing the upward pressure on prescription drug costs.”
Components of the executive order include:
- Prohibiting spread pricing
- Prohibiting reimbursement pullbacks for all PBM’s
- Requiring PBM’s to include data transparency, rebates, payments and reporting requirements.
Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody, Warns to Look Out Against Online Scams Promoting “Summer Deals”
As online retailers roll out the summer sales, online scammers are taking advantage of these events in order to attract consumers through false ads and fake online opportunities. Scammers use malware, phishing texts and other techniques to steal financial and personal information that is entered online when purchases to fake websites are made.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Summer sales are a popular way for online retailers to attract customers and promote seasonal items. Scammers know this and may exploit these shopping events by posing as representatives of major retailers to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting consumers.”
There are several tactics used by scammers to target online shoppers. In order to remain safe online, keep an eye out for the following:
- Copycat websites that look similar or identical to a legitimate website’s store.
- Fake Security emails that say your account is compromised. These websites often ask for personal information such as names, and addresses.
- False order confirmations from online retailers that can make a scam look more legitimate.
- Phone calls designed to look and sound like they are from a legitimate business. These may include offers of deals, statements that you have won a prize, or to claim a prize you must compete a survey with your personal information. Hang up on these calls immediately if they are asking for any form of personal information.
Governor DeSantis Emphasizes the Importance of Parental Rights During Annual Summit
This weekend, Moms For Liberty brought together over 500 people from across the country to their inaugural “summit” in Tampa. Moms For Liberty was founded by two former Florida school-board members, Tina Descovich of Brevard County and Tiffany Justice of Indian River County. The organization gained prominence by railing against school-board policies such as mask requirements during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the summit, Governor DeSantis emphasized the importance of being involved in your children’s education. Governor DeSantis said “We have drawn a very clear line in the sand that says our school system is for educating kids, not indoctrinating them. We have drawn a clear line in the sand that says parents have a fundamental role in the education of their kids.”
The summit featured several speakers in addition to Governor DeSantis, such as U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, former U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Attendees of the summit had the opportunity to sit in for various presentations on how to be involved in advocacy for their children’s education. Co-founder Tina Descovich went on to say “We are going to train, we are going to learn, and the one thing we are going to do is fulfill our mission at this summit — we are going to empower you to defend parental rights at all levels of government,”
For more information about Moms for Liberty, click here.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Creates the “Vessel Turn- In Program”
On Thursday, July 14th, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) established a program to provide private boat owners with the ability to turn over their “at risk” or derelict vessels to the state at no cost to themselves.
Derelict vessels are boats that are abandoned due to disuse and neglect. When these vessels are left unattended, they often sink, resulting in potential damage to our water environment.
Recent legislation enabled the creation of the “Vessel Turn In Program” as a part of the Derelict Vessel Prevention Program. The Vessel Turn In Program is intended to assist in the removal of vessels that have been determined to be at risk for becoming derelict. Boats that are considered “at risk” are considerably cheaper to remove than a derelict vessel, and removing them sooner will result in savings to taxpayers as well as fewer boats left in the waterways.
The Vessel Turn In Program will enable owners of private vessels the ability to turn over ownership of the boat to the state. The vessel must meet the following conditions:
- The boat has been cited that it is considered “at risk.”
- The owner has been issued three written warnings of their boat being “at risk.”
- The vessel must be in state waters and must be afloat.
- The owner must owe no payments on the boat.
Travis Franklin, a captain with the commission’s Division of Law Enforcement, stated that derelict vessels are a common problem in Florida’s waterways, which is dangerous to the fish and wildlife habitats.
Mr. Franklin went on to say, “Leaving a vessel on the water in derelict condition is a crime. Whether the vessel is sinking hard aground, stripped of vessel components, or missing vital operational systems such as steerage propulsion or hull integrity, the result is the same. Derelict vessels create a risk to the residents, visitors and natural resources of Florida.”