Pauline Bartolone http://wvxu.org en California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste http://wvxu.org/post/california-county-pushes-drugmakers-take-back-unused-pills 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 21446 at http://wvxu.org California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices http://wvxu.org/post/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 20564 at http://wvxu.org To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations http://wvxu.org/post/calif-seeks-answers-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 17548 at http://wvxu.org Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers http://wvxu.org/post/medical-discount-plan-nevada-skips-insurers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z64_XG5oG-w</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16130 at http://wvxu.org Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners http://wvxu.org/post/california-weighs-expanded-role-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="http://glide.org/health" 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 12347 at http://wvxu.org California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners