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

State Senate takes up bill to expand nurse practitioners' authority

Under SB 323, nurse practitioners could operate without a doctor's supervision. The California Medical Association is opposed, saying the bill threatens "team-based care."

CalWORKs will cut aid to ensure kids are vaccinated

The welfare program restores aid it has cut once parents submit proof that their kids under six are fully immunized or are exempt.

3D printed hands today, maybe organs tomorrow

3D printers are changing the medical device industry and giving researchers a powerful tool in efforts to grow organs.

A special program helps pregnant women combat depression

The founder of the L.A. County-USC Medical Center program says untreated mental health problems can lead to preterm delivery, stillbirth and miscarriage.

LA emergency rooms get tough on opioid pain meds

Seventy-five public and private hospital emergency departments agree to rules designed to prevent over prescription of hydrocodone, oxycodone and other drugs.

Why don't hospitals have to report all 'superbug' infections?

The California public health department says it's because there's no consensus definition of what the superbug is. A congressman wants to require full reporting.

State revokes Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt status

Without the exemption, Blue Shield could be subject to state taxes of tens of millions of dollars a year.

Study finds some breast biopsy analyses are often inaccurate

The study in JAMA finds that certain breast biopsy analyses are wrong half the time. Get a second opinion, says the study's co-author.

Old suitor again interested in Daughters of Charity hospitals

Venture capital firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners is going after Daughters of Charity hospitals again now that the chain is back on the market.

Daughters of Charity hospitals sale falls through [updated]

Attorney General Kamala Harris had cleared for-profit Prime Healthcare's bid to buy the nonprofit chain, but Prime says her terms were "unprecedented and onerous."

Covered California nets more Latinos and young adults

Covered California's second enrollment period saw increases in two prized groups: Latinos and 18-to-34-year-olds.

How best to respond to a predicted doctor shortage?

A new study predicts a future shortage of physicians to serve an aging population. Some say the answer lies in also giving other practitioners more autonomy.

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.