Bilirakis talks health care reform

Health care reform was the main topic during U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s visit to Zephyrhills last week. Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, was the featured speaker during The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Aug. 3. He said he was “very disappointed” when the Republican party’s reform and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stalled … [Read more...]

Strong opinions continue to surface on health care reform

It wasn’t an overflow crowd for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ third listening session, but there were plenty of people with strong opinions on the issue of health care reform. There were also more people in this crowd who spoke in favor of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than did at the previous session that Bilirakis had in New Port Richey. Opinions … [Read more...]

Crowd gives Bilirakis an earful

A crowd — that sometimes became raucous — turned out to a listening session held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis on the issue of health care reform. Bilirakis billed the session as an opportunity to receive feedback and ideas from constituents on the future direction of the nation’s health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. People filled every seat … [Read more...]

Conference focus: global careers

Marshall Larsen, keynote speaker at a global business conference, offered an unusual bit of advice to Saint Leo University students. Don’t automatically search for the biggest corporate paycheck, the retired Goodrich executive told students. “If you want to do anything out of the corporate norm, do it right now. So, what if you fail? Do it now. You’ve got time,” Larsen said. “Your youth, … [Read more...]

Looking for a reason to get health insurance?

The new year is coming, and with it a chance for many people to figure out whether they want to have health insurance for the coming year. Bayfront Health Dade City, however, feels the decision to pick up health insurance is an easy yes — even for people who are generally quite healthy, because no one knows when they might be faced with an accident and need medical care. And without that … [Read more...]

Ready to vote? Here’s an election primer to help

The mute button for many television viewers has never been used more through the barrage of political ads for everything from the governor’s race, to even Pasco County Commission. But as early voting continues through this weekend, and on Election Day itself Nov. 4, all of that is about to come to an end. The governor’s race remains too close to call, while more local races like the … [Read more...]

Federal grant allows improved access to care

A federal grant will expand opportunities for Pasco County residents to access health care services offered through Premier Community HealthCare Group Inc, which has offices across the county. Premier was the only Pasco health care group in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to receive one of the 48 federal grants awarded across Florida. The health care provider received a $258,000 grant from … [Read more...]

From teacher to candidate, Ledbetter just can’t say no

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And when there’s a need, there’s Beverly Ledbetter. The retired educator has made Dade City her home since the days of Richard Nixon, inspiring thousands of students at Pasco Junior High School and later Pasco High School for more than three decades. Along the way, Ledbetter found herself in the most unexpected jobs, whether it be coaching the school’s … [Read more...]

Seminar helps business owners understand Obamacare

There are supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — but no matter where you stand on the issue, unless you qualify for a subsidy, you’ll pay higher insurance rates. That’s what Jason Greif, an insurance agent with U.S. Health Group, told members of a health insurance reform class at the SmartStart Dade City incubator April 8. The insurance agent, … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel hospital exceeding expectations in first year

When Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was preparing to open its doors last October, it expected to have 400 employees. Less than a year later, it has 600. “For the 600 jobs that we have, we had over 25,000 applicants,” hospital chief executive Brian Adams said last week. “Not all of those applicants, of course, were qualified for roles in health care. But even in nursing, for every one job, we … [Read more...]