Elizabeth Aguilera Senior Reporter, Health

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Elizabeth Aguilera is a Senior Reporter for KPCC's health desk.

Elizabeth is an experienced, award-winning beat reporter who has spent the bulk of her career in print. For the past three years she was been a staff writer at U-T San Diego, where she covered immigration and demographics. In 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Mexico to cover cross-border sex trafficking. She covered urban affairs, immigration, and business during a seven-year stint at the Denver Post, and has also worked for the Orange County Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Elizabeth says that, throughout her career, her work has focused on the intersection of people and policy.

An L.A. native, Elizabeth has a B.A. in political science and journalism from Pepperdine University, and a M.A in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.


Stories by Elizabeth Aguilera

Daughters of Charity sues SEIU-UHW over hospital deal

Daughters of Charity claims the union and an equity firm used "extortionist threats" in bid to block sale of its hospitals to Prime Healthcare.

Covered California messed up my tax form. What should I do? (updated)

Covered California sent out thousands of inaccurate tax forms. So wait to file your taxes, or if you already filed, you may have to amend.

Report: Kaiser still has mental health work to do

A state report has found Kaiser Permanente has improved behavioral and mental health access but says there is still work to be done.

California AG approves controversial hospital sale

St. Vincent and St. Francis Hospitals will be sold to Prime under a conditional approval of the sale announced Friday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Superbug FAQ: Where did it come from? What's the risk?

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center says seven patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant superbug that was transmitted between October and January.

More than 100 SoCal patients may have been infected by 'superbug'

More than 100 patients may have been infected by a "superbug" bacteria at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which may have contributed to two deaths.

How will Calif. decide on controversial hospital sale?

AG Kamala Harris must consider whether the proposed sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare is in the public interest.

Covered California may offer one more chance to sign-up

Covered California may open a special enrollment window to give those who missed the latest deadline one last chance to avoid a 2015 tax penalty.

Lawmaker tries again for warning label on sugary drinks

State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced the same bill last session. It passed the Senate but died in the Assembly health committee.

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

The California Department of Public Health's report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine.

Younger doctors need a measles crash course

Because measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, the majority of younger physicians have never seen it. So hospitals have launched an education campaign.

Disney measles outbreak has parents scrambling to vaccinate kids

Local pediatricians say a lot of anxious parents are checking on their kids' vaccination status, and deciding to no longer delay vaccinations.

Calif. lawmakers introduce right-to-die bill

The bill would give a patient with six months or less to live the right to end his life with prescription medications. At least one disability rights group is opposed.

Covered California woos Latinos and Blacks

With one month left in open enrollment, Covered California reaches out to large numbers of Latinos and African-Americans who started but didn't finish signing up.

One more month to get 2015 health insurance or face a tax penalty

Tax penalties for most of those who do not have insurance are larger for 2015: About $1,000 for a family of four or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater.