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Janet Cruz

  • Florida State Senator - District 18

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Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Florida Governor, Nicholas Duran, Janet Cruz

Put a price cap on insulin in Florida

I am a Type 1 diabetic and I have been since 1994. Just a couple of years ago the cost for a 3-month supply of Novolog insulin, which I have to inject every time I eat, was $100. Now, a 1-month supply costs $458.77 and there is no discount for a 3-month supply, meaning I would have to pay almost $1,500 for a 3-month supply -- about $6,000 a year for just one type of insulin. However, pricing elsewhere shows that this high cost is not necessary. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Florida to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. Type 1 diabetes, which according to the CDC accounts for about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Because their bodies cannot make insulin, type 1 diabetics require insulin prescriptions to live (in some extreme cases this is true for type 2 patients as well).  "When type 1 diabetics take less insulin than they need, at the expense of having higher blood sugars… glucose rises significantly and in an attempt to find alternate fuels for the brain, keto acids are formed which are potentially toxic and lower the body's pH. DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis), when left untreated, can be lethal, and can set in quickly. In the absence of insulin a person might get DKA within 24 hours," - Robert A. Gabbay, the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The price of insulin has skyrocketed in recent years, with the three manufacturers — Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly — raising the list prices of their products in near lock step, prompting outcry from patient groups and doctors who have pointed out that the rising prices appear to have little to do with increased production costs. In the United States, just three pharmaceutical giants hold patents that allow them to manufacture insulin: Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk. Put together, the “big three” made more than $12 billion in profits in 2014, with insulin accounting for a large portion. Because of the incredibly high cost of insulin and other expensive supplies to handle their diabetes, many diabetics are forced into dire situations. Many diabetics have resorted to rationing insulin, risking their lives every day because they can’t afford to pay for their next vial. People are forced to choose between the insulin they need to survive, and keeping a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t deemed “necessary” by insurance. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Florida to join them in protecting Floridians with diabetes from avoidable health risks. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as a potential example for Florida to follow.

Matthew Barnes
98,505 supporters
Petitioning ABC

JUSTICE FOR ANGELYS BRIELLE: Change FL law on Vehicular Homicide to equal running a redlight as reckless driving.

My name is Angelique Cruz, I am making this petition because I'm not sure what else to do but I just want my story to be known. May 19, 2015 changed my life forever, you see I was involved in a horrible car accident in Hillsborough county. My sister and I were doing last minute errands for my baby shower that was that Saturday. I was 34 weeks pregnant (the passenger) and my sister was 28 weeks pregnant (the driver). We were t-boned by a red light runner, a company landscaping dump truck (Cuban Tree Services Inc) which had 2 passengers in the truck and the driver. At impact my placenta detached, and I was stuck in the car for about 30 mins till firefighters cut the roof of the car. My sister made it out immediately and was rushed to the hospital. Once they finally got me out, I was rushed to the hospital. I endured multiple injuries and was unconscious for about 3 days. I had bleeding in my brain, broken pelvis, fractured pubis and sacrum (which are all still broken and fractured), collapsed lung with a chest tube, abdominal bleeding to a main artery (which I almost died from) with a vascular coil, and multiple blood transfusion. Both my sister I had emergency c-sections, I was cut vertically. My nephew, thank god, survived and my sister endured minor physical injuries. My daughter was not that fortunate, she lived for three hours, 4.9 lbs and 18 inches long, but then finally lost her fight and went with God. She passed because I was stuck in the car for so long and with my placenta detached, she fought to breathe. My daughter and my nephew now share the same birthday.I finally woke up 3 days later and the hospital let me see my daughter and hold her. I had to learn to walk again, and though my physically injury hurt me everyday what hurts more is not having my daughter.Her cause of death, stated on her death certificate, was the car accident. The man was charged with nothing more then failure to stop at steady red light and failure to secure load with cover/tarp (he drove a dump truck that was completely full) I called Hillsborough county sheriff department and spoke with Detective Mike Cherup and as he told me there is nothing that can be done and I can not press charges on the man because my daughter was technically not a passenger in the car and she technically was not alive. Although this was very hurtful to hear and he was very rude I did research and found the 2015 Florida Statute 782.071 Vehicular homicide-782.071 Vehicular homicide.—“Vehicular homicide” is the killing of a human being, or the killing of an unborn child by any injury to the mother, caused by the operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to cause the death of, or great bodily harm to, another."I then stated this to Detective Mike Cherup and he told me there is still nothing that can be done because running a red light is not considered to be driving in a reckless manner to cause a death. I did not believe this was true, and basically even if I had died that day my family would not be able to press charges on this man. This man just had to pay for a red light ticket (which I later found out those charges were dropped because the officer did not appear in court) while I had to learn to walk again and have to live with out my daughter. I did not want to give up so I emailed Thomas Michaels-Division of Law Revision and Information, and told him my story. He kindly explained a similar situation that happened to him and told me unfortunately "Florida law doesn’t equate running a red light with reckless driving. It’s an issue our lawmakers probably need to address." The reason I am writing this petition is to make awareness to this situation, make a change to this law, and get justice for my daughter. I not only lost my daughter, I lost memories, and dreams I had for her and my future. Please help and share my story. #justiceforAngelysBrielle  -A Grieving Mother (video documentary coming soon)

Angelique Cruz
6,146 supporters
Petitioning Bill Nelson, Buddy Dyer, Darren Soto, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Mario Diaz-Balart, Marco Rubio, Stephanie Murphy, Valdez Demings, Alfred Lawson, Kathy Castor, Charles Crist, Alcee Hastings,...

End tolls for Florida Residents

Why are Florida Residents being forced to pay to use our own roads? Why do people who live and work here have to choose between paying $200-400 dollars a month or spending an additional 20-30 hours a month sitting in their car in traffic just to go to work? This is absolutely outrageous, and it’s going to end. Florida residents should not be forced to pay to use roads that our own tax money builds. We ALL pay taxes. Whether it’s vehicle registration, sales tax, property tax, gas tax, cigarette tax, utility tax, communication tax...the list goes on and on. Commercial, industrial, and agricultural real estate holdings in Florida total in the hundreds of billions if not over a trillion dollars. A less than 1% tax on these holdings is more than enough to pay for ALL Florida residents to use the toll roads without getting gouged every time they do.  Sign this petition and share it everywhere. If you think the millionaires and billionaires who screwed up our state ought to be paying their fair share, let these 70+ government officials know.  This will easily get a million signatures if it gets passed around. There will be confusing arguments made, there will be complaining, we’ll get called liars and worse, but if we stand our ground in demanding an end to the tolls, we will succeed.  Give Florida Residents their roads back.

Matthew Fleming
5,497 supporters
Petitioning Ray Rodrigues, Janet Cruz, Rick Scott, Wilton Simpson, Amber Mariano, Jack Latvala

SENIOR DRIVERS AT 65 YEARS OF AGE NEED TO HAVE YEARLY DRIVING EXAMS

Joshua Ortiz, 20, of New Port Richey was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle by a 1998 Dodge Ram van driven by a 75 year old man. Joshua along with many others have lost their precious lives due to elderly people not paying close enough attention while driving. In Florida, accidents caused by elderly drivers has become an epidemic and something needs to be done about it. According to the Florida DMV, "For ages 79 and younger a Florida Class E drivers license must be renewed every eight (8) years. Starting at age 80, drivers licenses must be renewed every six (6) years and the driver must go into a DMV office to take a vision test." Starting at 80 that is when drivers are required to take a vision test, then another SIX YEARS after that till they have to take another vision test again. Eye care experts recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. It is even more crucial as you get older. Eye exams are only the beginning. According to the University of Rochester medical center, "Physical changes in nerve fibers slow the speed of conduction and the parts of the brain involved in motor control lose cells over time." Reflexes and reaction times decrease as you age and can become deadly in a motor vehicle. We need to have people 65 years of age get a yearly or bi yearly exam to make sure they are in good condition to operate a vehicle. By signing this petition, we can try to change the law. We will need as many signatures as possible. Together, we can protect our roadways and our loved ones by changing the law to everyone 65 years of age needs to be evaluated in order to drive and maintain safety. 

N A
2,059 supporters
Petitioning Ron DeSantis, Janet Cruz, Annette Taddeo, Fentrice Driskell, Anna V. Eskamani, Joy Goff-Marcil, Margaret Good

Give Florida women body autonomy! No mandated ultrasounds before abortions

Section 390.0111 of the Florida Statutes clearly states that; "A termination of pregnancy may not be preformed or induced except with the voluntary and informed written consent of the pregnant woman... consent is voluntary and informed only if... B. The probable gestational age of the fetus, verified by an ultrasound, at the time the termination of pregnancy is to be performed."  Women in Florida who are trying to have an abortion are legally required to have an ultrasound performed.  This creates an undue burden for women seeking an abortion. This is a problem for many reasons: It is not necessary. Ultrasounds are not medically necessary for women seeking abortions. Expectant mothers who intend to carry their children to term are allowed to refuse ultrasounds, though often they do so against medical advice. Pregnant women who are going to give birth are given more body autonomy and choice than women who are seeking an abortion.  Increases the overall cost of an abortion. Medicaid only covers abortion in 15 states Florida is not one of them. Women are required to pay for the abortion, and under this statute they are required to pay additional cost for an ultrasound as well.  Creates a nightmare situation for survivors of traumatic events. Most ultrasounds in the earlier weeks of pregnancy are performed trans-vaginally. This puts a horrific amount of stress on women who are pregnant as a result of rape, sex trafficking, or incest.  Please sign this petition if you want mandated ultrasound out of Florida Law! Give women more body autonomy and  do not force women to undergo unnecessary and costly medical procedures!

S. R. Borucke
754 supporters
Petitioning Ardian Zika, Clay Yarborough, Jayer Williamson, Patricia H. Williams, Matt Willhite, Jennifer Webb, Clovis Watson, Jr., Barbara Watson, Susan L. Valdes, Jay Trumbull, Josie Tomkow, Jackie Toledo, G...

Demand State Renewable Energy Goals for Florida - Support HB97/SB256

As Floridians, our state bears the most noticeable effects of the climate crisis. From increases in extreme heat, sea level rise, extreme weather events, and rising emissions due to energy systems within cities, the future of Florida as we know it is at risk. We are writing to you to call for climate action across Florida. Now is the time to demand environmental policy in response to the climate crisis. Electricity production is our #1 source of greenhouse gases, more than all of our driving and flying combined. Clean energy reduces harmful smog, toxic buildups in our air and water, and the impacts caused by coal mining and gas extraction. In order to make clean energy a reality, Floridians must demand for clean and renewable energy. Sign this petition to push the Sunshine State forward as a nationwide leader in clean, renewable energy - Support House Bill 97/ Senate Bill 256. Legislation, HB 97/SB256 filed for a second time by Representative Anna V. Eskamani and Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez calls for 40 percent renewable energy by 2030 on the part of state agencies, universities and state colleges. The plan to achieve this must be developed by the Office of Energy, housed in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, within two years and submitted to lawmakers. This bill also requires that all electricity used in the state must be generated by renewable energy by 2050. Sign this petition to demand Florida State Representatives and State Senators to co-sponsor House Bill 97/Senate Bill 256, and ask that they help support its passage through Florida legislature, and onto the Governor’s Desk.  *This petition was ignited by the Global Climate Strike movement, urging Floridians to take part in pressuring law makers to engage in climate action.

IDEAS For Us
379 supporters
Put a price cap on insulin in Florida

Let me start by thanking all of you. This process works much better—the way it should—when the people are engaged. Signing this petition and becoming more aware of this issue that affects so many people in our great state is just the first step. This is a process, and unfortunately, it takes time and quite a bit of collective effort. I filed my bill, SB 116 Prescription Insulin Drugs, after seeing the great work Representative Dylan Roberts accomplished in Colorado. I know the same is possible in Florida, and will need the support of all of you to ensure this bill can achieve that same result. In The Florida Senate, bills are referred to committees. In order for a vote to take place on the Senate Chamber Floor, and be presented to the Governor (at which point he can sign or veto if it has passed through both the Senate and House) each bill must be voted favorably through all of its referred committees. SB 116’s first committee of reference is Banking and Insurance, led by Chair Doug Broxson. It is my hope all of you to continue to take an active role in this endeavor. I know lives are at stake, my own mother has quietly struggled with affording her insulin as a diabetic, and I know firsthand how burdensome it was for her. This isn’t about whether or not the large pharmaceutical companies, the pharmacy benefit managers, or the insurance companies are to blame—it doesn’t matter. We need to remove the patients from the equation. These entities have the capital and power to fight amongst one another over rebates and contracts, and that should be the fight, not diabetics fighting to survive.

3 months ago