Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter
Rebecca Plevin is a health reporter at KPCC. She also writes KPCC's consumer health blog, Impatient.
Prior to working at KPCC, Rebecca spent five years covering health news in California's Central Valley, first for the bilingual paper Vida en el Valle, and then for Fresno-based Valley Public Radio. She was also a lead reporter on The Reporting on Health Collaborative's groundbreaking series of stories about valley fever.
Rebecca’s work has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She's earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism (twice!), as well as top honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.Rebecca grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker, an avid rock climber and an acro yoga fanatic.
Stories by Rebecca Plevin
A study suggests it might, which could pose a challenge for efforts to cut spending. But two doctors say there's another way: involve patients in treatment decisions.
Experts say people should consider the cost of their plan, as well as the other benefits that may accompany it, like telehealth and wellness programs.
A 31-year-old Los Angeles woman wants to start a family. She asks Impatient: Which type of insurance plan provides the best coverage for an out-of-hospital birth?
Does your blood pressure rise just thinking about the various health insurance options? Impatient is here to answer your personal insurance questions.
Under the federal health law, your flu shot should be covered as a preventive service. But if you get your shot out of network, you'll pay out of pocket.
The effort will include a genetic study of 100,000 people designed to uncover the biological causes of depression and spur the development of new treatments.
The move settles a class action suit sparked by mid-year increases to about 50,000 members' annual deductibles and out-of-pocket limits.
The American Cancer Society has raised its recommended starting age for yearly screening to 45; we show how that compares with other organizations' guidelines.
A new initiative from leading cancer centers aims to make it easier for people to weigh cancer treatment options based on several factors, including cost.
Until now, Covered California did not carry the Medi-Cal Access Program, forcing many women to buy more costly plans through the state exchange.
In 2014, one out of four first-time low-risk pregnancies ended with C-sections in California hospitals. Some SoCal hospitals performed them far more often than that.
The bills cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs; require more accurate provider directories; and require per-individual deductibles in family plans.
Of the 2 million people who have purchased health insurance through Covered California, about 1.3 million still have coverage through the state exchange.
Fed up with insurance paperwork and what they consider low reimbursement rates, a small number of physicians have switched to dealing with patients on a cash basis.
The overnight price hike of Daraprim highlighted the way drug prices are set in the U.S. Some experts argue for "value-based pricing."