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NEWS
October 25, 2006
· Tort reform, including lower caps on lawsuit awards, only certified experts as trial witnesses and tighter filtering of frivolous lawsuits · Attract high-tech jobs to subdistrict · Opposed to slots · Improve teachers' pay by having a statewide salary structure, similar to the one for correctional officers · Association health plans for small businesses that band together
NEWS
February 27, 2012
The former chairman of the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party has announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination to the 33rd District of the Pennsylvania Senate. Mercersburg resident Jim Taylor described himself as a conservative Republican who supports right-to-work laws, tort reform, lower taxes and term limits. He said he was a member of the Minutemen who stood watch on the Arizona border. The 33rd District seat, currently held by Richard Alloway, serves Franklin and Adams counties, and part of York County.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
As of Tuesday afternoon, the prospects for medical malpractice reform in Maryland became a bit bleaker, when it was revealed that none of the three major players agrees on how to proceed. As long as the state's leaders are focused on enacting their own version of a perfect bill instead of a compromise all can live with, it will be difficult to achieve progress. A quick summary of the bills and their proponents includes: · Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who has offered tort reform, but not the 2 percent tax increase on health-maintenance organizations sought to offset doctors' premiums and increase reimbursement for treating Medicaid patients.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | January 9, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Even before Gov. Robert Ehrlich's Christmastime special session of the Maryland General Assembly, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. predicted lawmakers still would be tinkering with concerns over medical malpractice insurance well into the legislature's regular session, which officially begins Wednesday in Annapolis. "It will take a little time to clean up malpractice," said Myers, R-Washington/Allegany. Washington County Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank agreed.
NEWS
December 2, 2004
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller this week said malpractice law reform is difficult, but can be done, provided all cooperate and put aside party politics. Miller spoke on Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The man widely perceived as the champion of the state's trial lawyers may not have convinced the many doctors who attended that he is on their side, but he gave them another focus for their anger - Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
NEWS
November 28, 2001
Malpractice insurance costs on the rise in Franklin County By STACEY DANZUSO chbbureau@innernet.net CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The skyrocketing cost of medical malpractice insurance in Pennsylvania is beginning to drive doctors out of Franklin County and will result in the rationing of patient care, the president of Summit Health said Tuesday. "With the ever-increasing costs of malpractice insurance, combined with an inability to get coverage, some (doctors)
NEWS
BY SARAH MULLIN | April 18, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A local obstetrician/gynecologist announced Wednesday at City Hospital he was dropping the obstetrician portion of his practice after 18 years because of medical liability insurance rates in West Virginia. "I would have to deliver 100 babies to pay for my medical liability insurance. That is a heavy burden on me," Dr. Albert Leung said. He said he will no longer deliver babies after October, leaving only two obstetricians in Berkeley County.
NEWS
November 4, 2002
Ebbitt's on our side To the editor: My family moved to Shepherdstown in 1946 - when I was one year old. My father had just completed his U.S. Army service in the World War in Europe. He set up his medical practice on German Street in what is now the Outback Basics store. We only lived here for six years then, but I remember with great fondness my early years in Shepherdstown. Moving back to Shepherdstown last year was like "coming home. " While the best things of Shepherdstown have not changed much over the past 55 years, the practice of medicine has changed dramatically.
NEWS
January 12, 2005
Lawyers need to be reined in To the editor: Last month, the Maryland General Assembly gathered in a special session to address the skyrocketing costs of medical malpractice insurance rates. This crisis is pushing doctors to the brink of closing their practices and increasing health-care costs for everyone. This situation has arisen because medical malpractice cases are a cash cow for trial lawyers. From the beginning, Gov. Robert Ehrlich, the District 1 delegation and doctors alike all stood in support of long-term, comprehensive tort reform to solve the problem.
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NEWS
April 9, 2012
Editor's note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a color photo (preferably a jpeg) to billk@herald-mail.com or matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com . Any questions? Call 301-791-7281. Larry W. Faircloth is a candidate for the 60th District seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
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NEWS
February 27, 2012
The former chairman of the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party has announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination to the 33rd District of the Pennsylvania Senate. Mercersburg resident Jim Taylor described himself as a conservative Republican who supports right-to-work laws, tort reform, lower taxes and term limits. He said he was a member of the Minutemen who stood watch on the Arizona border. The 33rd District seat, currently held by Richard Alloway, serves Franklin and Adams counties, and part of York County.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 18, 2010
Ronald Lohr thought someone else would challenge Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. this year. But when Lohr heard Myers might go unchallenged, he jumped in. He filed July 6 -- about 45 minutes before the deadline, as he recalled. Lohr, 54, of Flintstone, Md., is a correctional officer. He said he worked at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown for about 2 1/2 years and has been at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland for about 12 1/2 years. As a correctional officer, Lohr can simultaneously be a state delegate, according to William Somerville, the Maryland General Assembly's ethics counsel.
NEWS
October 31, 2009
Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should health care reform include a government-run public option? o"Most Americans do agree we need reform, but this reform should be tort reform, cross-state selling and more stable policy handling with pre-existing conditions.
NEWS
August 26, 2009
"I was sitting on my front porch today and noticed a lot of people running the red light right by Corderman's Hardware. Where are the police when they are doing this? They can park in the parking lot just like other police park their cars in spots (inconspicuous); why can it not be Corderman's? Also police seem to pay so much attention to the city ... but seem to forget that selling drugs just do not happen there, they also happen here in our block of the neighborhood. " - Hagerstown "If the federal government runs the health care it is about to take over like Cash for Clunkers, will the doctors and caregivers get paid, or have IOUs?"
NEWS
October 25, 2006
· Tort reform, including lower caps on lawsuit awards, only certified experts as trial witnesses and tighter filtering of frivolous lawsuits · Attract high-tech jobs to subdistrict · Opposed to slots · Improve teachers' pay by having a statewide salary structure, similar to the one for correctional officers · Association health plans for small businesses that band together
NEWS
January 12, 2005
Lawyers need to be reined in To the editor: Last month, the Maryland General Assembly gathered in a special session to address the skyrocketing costs of medical malpractice insurance rates. This crisis is pushing doctors to the brink of closing their practices and increasing health-care costs for everyone. This situation has arisen because medical malpractice cases are a cash cow for trial lawyers. From the beginning, Gov. Robert Ehrlich, the District 1 delegation and doctors alike all stood in support of long-term, comprehensive tort reform to solve the problem.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | January 9, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Even before Gov. Robert Ehrlich's Christmastime special session of the Maryland General Assembly, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. predicted lawmakers still would be tinkering with concerns over medical malpractice insurance well into the legislature's regular session, which officially begins Wednesday in Annapolis. "It will take a little time to clean up malpractice," said Myers, R-Washington/Allegany. Washington County Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank agreed.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
As of Tuesday afternoon, the prospects for medical malpractice reform in Maryland became a bit bleaker, when it was revealed that none of the three major players agrees on how to proceed. As long as the state's leaders are focused on enacting their own version of a perfect bill instead of a compromise all can live with, it will be difficult to achieve progress. A quick summary of the bills and their proponents includes: · Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who has offered tort reform, but not the 2 percent tax increase on health-maintenance organizations sought to offset doctors' premiums and increase reimbursement for treating Medicaid patients.
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