Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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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

Does defensive medicine mean fewer malpractice suits?

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.

Renewing your job-based health insurance? 4 things to know

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.

Which kind of insurance is best for an out-of-hospital birth?

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?

It's open enrollment season! Are we freaking out yet?

Does your blood pressure rise just thinking about the various health insurance options? Impatient is here to answer your personal insurance questions.

#PriceCheck: How to avoid paying for your flu shot

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.

UCLA launches ambitious long-term depression initiative

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.

Anthem agrees to forgo mid-year deductible hikes

The move settles a class action suit sparked by mid-year increases to about 50,000 members' annual deductibles and out-of-pocket limits.

FAQ: The new mammogram guidelines, and what they mean

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 tool to help doctors, patients weigh cancer drugs' value

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.

Covered California adds low-cost option for some pregnant women

Until now, Covered California did not carry the Medi-Cal Access Program, forcing many women to buy more costly plans through the state exchange.

Still too many C-sections at California hospitals

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.

Brown signs health bills intended to protect consumers

The bills cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs; require more accurate provider directories; and require per-individual deductibles in family plans.

2 million people have purchased Covered California insurance

Of the 2 million people who have purchased health insurance through Covered California, about 1.3 million still have coverage through the state exchange.

Are cash-only doctors better for consumers?

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.

Can prescription drugs be priced on their 'value'?

The overnight price hike of Daraprim highlighted the way drug prices are set in the U.S. Some experts argue for "value-based pricing."