Pauline Bartolone http://wkms.org en California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste http://wkms.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 21:26:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 37790 at http://wkms.org California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste Health Exchange Day One: A View From California http://wkms.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 20:37:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 35360 at http://wkms.org Branding Health Care Exchanges To Make The Sale http://wkms.org/post/branding-health-care-exchanges-make-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="http://www.healthexchange.ca.gov/Documents/HBEXPeterLeeRelease.pdf">Peter Lee</a> directs California's Health Benefit Exchange. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:37:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 22509 at http://wkms.org Branding Health Care Exchanges To Make The Sale