Pauline Bartolone http://kvpr.org en California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste http://kvpr.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 26701 at http://kvpr.org California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices http://kvpr.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 21:34:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 25616 at http://kvpr.org To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices Health Exchange Day One: A View From California http://kvpr.org/post/health-exchange-day-one-view-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 20:23:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 22401 at http://kvpr.org Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations http://kvpr.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 21849 at http://kvpr.org Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations Some Rural Hospitals Given Partial Exemption from Medi-Cal Cuts http://kvpr.org/post/some-rural-hospitals-given-partial-exemption-medi-cal-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hospitals in California are commending the state’s decision to prevent </span>Medi-Cal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rate cuts to rural hospitals with nursing facilities. Some of them have been at risk of closure.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican State Assemblymember Brian Dahle says these medical providers are main employers in communities he represents in Northern California.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:21:43 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 20110 at http://kvpr.org Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers http://kvpr.org/post/medical-discount-plan-nevada-skips-insurers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z64_XG5oG-w</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:34:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 19971 at http://kvpr.org Medical Discount Plan In Nevada Skips Insurers Nurse Practitioner Measure Stalls in California Assembly http://kvpr.org/post/nurse-practitioner-measure-stalls-california-assembly <div><p>The push to change California law to allow nurse practitioners more independence from doctors suffered a major setback today in an Assembly committee. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more.</p><p>The Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection voted down the measure, but the bill’s author says he wants it reconsidered.&nbsp; Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez says lifting restrictions on nurses would help meet a new demand for primary care under the Affordable Care Act, especially in areas without enough doctors.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 01:04:04 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 19598 at http://kvpr.org Nurse Practitioner Measure Stalls in California Assembly State Insurance Exchange Gets Ready to Launch Multimillion Dollar Marketing Effort http://kvpr.org/post/state-insurance-exchange-gets-ready-launch-multimillion-dollar-marketing-effort <p>The new health insurance marketplace known as Covered California is getting ready to launch a $240 million dollar marketing and outreach campaign.</p><p>The exchange says about a third of that money will go towards TV, radio and digital media advertising.</p><p>Dana Howard of Covered California says enrollment counselors and educators will be spreading the word too.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:50:42 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 18965 at http://kvpr.org State Insurance Exchange Gets Ready to Launch Multimillion Dollar Marketing Effort Employer Mandate Delay Means Working Californians Will Find Own Health Care http://kvpr.org/post/employer-mandate-delay-means-working-californians-will-find-own-health-care <div><p>California’s Insurance Commissioner says the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act means more people will have to buy their own health insurance in a few months. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p>The Department of Insurance says the vast majority of California’s large companies already offer their employees health coverage. But about one and a half million Californians are in companies with 50 or more workers, and no insurance options. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:22:39 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 18902 at http://kvpr.org Employer Mandate Delay Means Working Californians Will Find Own Health Care Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare http://kvpr.org/post/two-states-two-styles-obamacare <p class="p1">The summer is a slow time for many occupations, but not for people working to make fundamental changes to the health care system. Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone &nbsp;has more about how neighboring states are trying to achieve the same end by different means.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">-----</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:32:30 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 17993 at http://kvpr.org Two States, Two Styles of Obamacare New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians http://kvpr.org/post/new-budget-fills-dental-coverage-gaps-poor-californians <div><p>California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. The Governor had previously said he had no intention of bringing back services slashed in years past, but a small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento about what that led up to the decision to renew services.</p><p>For four years, Karen Wadsack has been struggling to get the dental care she says she needs.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:00:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16787 at http://kvpr.org New Budget Fills In Dental Coverage Gaps for Poor Californians California Budget Deal Reached on Health Funding for Counties http://kvpr.org/post/california-budget-deal-reached-health-funding-counties <div><p>The California state budget deal reached this week includes some restored funding for dental care for the poor, and millions of dollars for mental health services. And as Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento reports, county and state officials are finalizing the details of how local governments will use health care money. &nbsp;</p></div><p>After months of negotiations, the Brown administration and county representatives have struck a deal - the state can redirect some money away from county health programs, but the counties will have some choice in how that’s done.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:43:31 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 16608 at http://kvpr.org Costs, Coverage Will Shift in California's Individual Health Insurance Market http://kvpr.org/post/costs-coverage-will-shift-californias-individual-health-insurance-market <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people who will be buying individual coverage next year. Health Care Reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more about what the changes may mean for people already in the market. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:34:25 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 15826 at http://kvpr.org Brown's New Budget Calls for State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/browns-new-budget-calls-state-based-medi-cal-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>California Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal shows clear intent for a state-based Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act. January’s budget suggested a possible county-led expansion. &nbsp;</p><p>California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley says the budget also proposes a way the state will seek to capture money counties currently use to treat the uninsured. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:01:38 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 15142 at http://kvpr.org Brown's New Budget Calls for State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion California Soda Tax Proposal Sparks Debate http://kvpr.org/post/california-soda-tax-proposal-sparks-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers are considering a measure that would tax sugary drinks a penny per fluid ounce. The proposal is intended to cap soda consumption in order to reduce obesity rates. Health Care Reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Sacramento has found a range of opinions on the soda tax.</span></p><p>It’s a hot afternoon in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. Teenagers are out of school for the day. Some have beverages in their hands. Kirk Allen is sixteen years old:</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:04:42 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 15038 at http://kvpr.org California Soda Tax Proposal Sparks Debate California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners http://kvpr.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 14844 at http://kvpr.org California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care http://kvpr.org/post/california-considers-expanded-roles-nurses-primary-care <div><p>Most counties in California have a shortage of primary care doctors. And with millions more people in the state expected to get health coverage next year, lawmakers are proposing ways to make sure basic care is available in areas that need it. One bill would allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without consulting a physician. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone reports on what it might mean for patients.</p></div><p>Some nurse practitioners in California already see patients without a doctor in the room. Patients like Anastacia Casperson.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:54:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13971 at http://kvpr.org California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care Soda Tax Proposal In Front of California Lawmakers This Week http://kvpr.org/post/soda-tax-proposal-front-california-lawmakers-week <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would impose a tax on soda in California goes before lawmakers in Sacramento this week. Health care reporter Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a similar measure failed last session.</span></p></div><p>The state-wide law would tax sugary drinks such as sodas, energy drinks and sweet teas one cent per fluid ounce. Democratic Senator Bill Monning says something must be done to curb alarming rates of obesity and preventable diabetes.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:26:27 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13969 at http://kvpr.org Soda Tax Proposal In Front of California Lawmakers This Week California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge http://kvpr.org/post/california-builds-clinics-under-federal-health-law-hiring-doctors-may-be-challenge <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting next year, millions of people will gain new health coverage under the federal health law.&nbsp; In California, dozens of clinics are gearing up for the expansion, with new funding to build clinics and expand old ones. &nbsp;But as Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports from Sacramento, it may be a challenge to find the physicians to staff the new centers.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:53:18 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13970 at http://kvpr.org California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors http://kvpr.org/post/doctors-lawmakers-propose-ways-increase-number-doctors <p></p><p class="p1">California physicians and lawmakers are trying to draw attention to a shortage of doctors in the state. They made the point jointly in Sacramento Tuesday. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, they agree more doctors will be needed to see millions of people who will start enrolling in coverage next year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:17:31 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13725 at http://kvpr.org Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors