Michelle Faust Health Care Reporter
Michelle Faust is a health care reporter at KPCC with a focus on health policy.
Faust’s first foray into health policy reporting was for WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York. In 2014, she was one of few public media reporters covering New York State’s first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
Since she began in broadcast journalism, Faust has hosted Morning Edition for KAWC in Yuma, Arizona, reported for the public health news collaborative Side Effects Public Media, and covered education policy for StateImpact Ohio at Ideastream in Cleveland.
Faust is a multimedia journalist who has written for print, web, radio, and television. Her reporting has been on NPR national newscasts, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, NPR’s flagship news magazines Morning Edition and Here & Now. Faust’s stories have been recognized by the New York State Associated Press Association and won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for innovation and breaking news.
Dedicated to developing the profession, Faust is lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, volunteers with other local journalism organizations, and has mentored for the Next Generation Radio public radio journalist training project.
A lover of languages, Faust was a full-time Spanish professor in a previous career.
Stories by Michelle Faust
California could lose tens of billions of dollars each year under the latest Obamacare repeal effort. Analysts say that would mean big cuts to state health programs.
It would require drug makers to report and justify some price increases. Economists are divided over whether the bill would shame drug firms into holding prices down.
Advocates want state lawmakers to adopt a single-payer health care system. But that's not the only way to reach universal coverage. Here are the primary models.
Congress has until the end of the month to renew funding for a special children's health insurance program. If it doesn't, California will have to come up with billions.
As Congress works to pass a budget before Oct. 1, advocates for the state's poor warn cuts to food stamps or public housing could lead to higher medical costs.
The California legislature is closer than ever to approving a measure that would allow local governments to approve supervised drug use sites.
The measure would put the state in charge of regulating pharmacy benefit managers. They negotiate drug prices with manufacturers on behalf of insurers.
The bill would ensure that Californians with complex conditions could keep their providers, even if they're not in the new insurer's network.
The Department of Public Health says a bill designed to increase superbug tracking in California would not provide an accurate picture of the scope of infections.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon came under intense fire for shelving a single-payer bill in June. Now he's calling for special hearings during next month's recess.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would force greater transparency in drug pricing. The drug industry says the measure wouldn't help consumers.
The State Assembly Speaker has shelved the bill, but progressive groups are launching a grassroots campaign to revive the measure.
The exchange's board will consider a plan designed to keep insurers on the exchange by letting them recoup 2018 losses with larger profits over the next three years.
What are hospitals' drug policies for the doctors who work on their campuses? Some conduct drug tests, some don't. It can get complicated.
The case involves California's decision to cut Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10 percent during the recession. An appeals court has kept the suit going.