Pauline Bartolone en California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste The leftover prescription drugs you have around your house are at the center of a battle between small government and big pharmaceutical companies.<p>The immediate aim is to have the pharmaceutical companies take care of disposing of extra drugs. But Alameda County in northern California wants to make manufacturers think about the life cycles of their products — from their creation to what happens when they're no longer needed.<p>Mary Hill has been accumulating prescription drugs in her Oakland office. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 51390 at To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for the new plan didn't bother her that much.<p>But the changes in her choices for care really bugged her. "My physicians will no longer be in this network of physicians, or the hospitals," she says.<p>Shore, 62, owned an IT consulting business in the San Francisco Bay Area and retired when she sold it in 2000. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 49762 at Health Exchange Day One: A View From California Transcript <p>PAULINE BARTOLONE, BYLINE: I'm Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento.<p>California, like Colorado, has been full speed ahead in creating its own health insurance marketplace. Melissa Martinez has been looking forward to using it. She works at home as a consultant. She also lives with an autoimmune disease.<p>MELISSA MARTINEZ: This last bout of insuring myself it was about $600 a month, and my meds - because I have lupus - are about $600 a month. And so I had to pick one or the other. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 45076 at Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations Sitting in her San Francisco living room, Kimberly Jeffrey is combing her son Noel's hair. He groans, but she meets his energy with calm — and adoration.<p>Noel's birth was not an easy time. While Jeffrey was pregnant, she served a six-month sentence for petty theft at a state prison. When it came time to deliver Noel through a caesarean-section, Jeffrey was also confronted with the prospect of sterilization.<p>"As I was laying on the operating table, moments before I went into surgery, [medical staff] had made a statement," Jeffrey recalls. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 44357 at Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 41697 at California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners As states gear up for the Affordable Care Act, they're trying to figure out if there will be enough providers of health care to meet demand from the newly insured.<p>California is one of 15 states expected to consider legislation this year that would give advanced practice nurses more authority to care for patients without a doctor's supervision.<p>Tina Clark is a nurse practitioner at <a href="" target="_blank">Glide Health Services</a>, a clinic in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, a low-income section of the city.<p>Anastacia Casperson, who has struggled with homel Thu, 09 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 34975 at Branding Health Care Exchanges To Make The Sale As states work to comply with the federal health care law, many are designing their insurance exchanges, where people will be able to shop for coverage.<p>But just the word "exchange" sounds to many like off-putting government-speak, and some states are eager to come up with a more appealing name for these new marketplaces.<p><a href="">Peter Lee</a> directs California's Health Benefit Exchange. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:37:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 20673 at Olympic-Sized Appetites: The World Of Competitive Eating Here's a sport you won't be seeing in London this year: Competitive eating. But if you're curious enough — and you can stomach it — you're likely to find an <a href="">eating contest</a> at your local fair or festival this summer.<p>Now eating contests are nothing new — they've been around since at least the 13th century, when a servant supposedly <a href=",8599,1820052,00.html">beat</a> the Norse god Loki by eating his plate. But they've only become popular in the U.S. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:21:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16913 at California Proceeds With Health Exchanges Transcript <p>PAULINE BARTOLONE, BYLINE: I'm Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento.<p>California, unlike Mississippi, is already on the road to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. And after the law passed in 2010, it was the first state to get going to build an exchange.<p>Peter Lee is in charge of it. He never let uncertainty about the Supreme Court decision come in the way of building the new marketplace.<p>PETER LEE: We've been staffing up. We've been hiring people. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 14970 at