Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a Health Reporter at KPCC.

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, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She has twice earned the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, 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, a certified yoga teacher and an avid rock climber.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

Assisted suicide would have stolen mom's 'best week,' daughter says

Teressa Syta is glad her terminally ill mother Jeanne Nau didn't have the option of physician-assisted suicide. Nau's depression lifted, leading to the "best week" of her life.

Health Highlights: Medical shopping, drinking less, a vaping fight

More people than you'd think are asking about medical costs, moderation gains as a strategy to fight alcoholism, and the state squares off against e-cigarettes.

Widow backs doctor-assisted suicide: Wife 'needed that right'

Unlike Brittany Maynard, who chose when to die, Deborah Reuter-Zsarko says her wife Michelle didn't have the option of dying when she was ready.

With rising health care costs, who's comparison shopping?

A new study paints a picture of who is currently shopping around for health care, and what it will take to convince more people to start comparing health costs.

'Prepared' and conflicted: Grappling with end of life choices

State legislators have introduced SB 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide. It's a personal issue, influenced by family, culture, and first-hand experiences.

Friday Favorites: Superbugs, breast biopsies and suicide prevention

A couple of themes emerge from this week's health news: Media can play a big role in people's well being, and medical technology comes with hidden costs.

California state lawmakers are concerned about health costs

Doctors, researchers and consumers tell a state senate committee that, despite the Affordable Care Act, costs are still a barrier to care.

Impatient helps man mistakenly enrolled in Medi-Cal

"Elliot" tried to re-enroll in a private plan, but a Covered California error put him on Medi-Cal instead. He felt stuck there - until Impatient stepped in.

Disney measles outbreak: Study blames low vaccination rates

Measles most likely spread beyond Disneyland because of low vaccination rates, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Friday Favorites: High deductibles, and is pregnancy a 'life event?'

Many people choose high-deductible plans because they're cheaper than those with higher premiums. But what if you want a different plan when you get pregnant?

NARAL claims 'crisis pregnancy centers' are anti-abortion fronts

California NARAL report echoes charges in the group's national report. The head of a large pregnancy center network calls national report "an attack on the truth."

High-deductible plans: Hidden costs, obvious frustrations

High deductible plans can spur people to be more price-conscious health consumers. But trying to comparison shop for health care can be maddening.

New Apple app lets you contribute 'real data' to studies

UCLA has developed a breast cancer app using Apple's ResearchKit. It could provide "the inside scoop on what it's like to live past breast cancer," one doctor says.

Ask these questions to avoid the 'superbug'

Ask how the facility is cleaning its scopes. "If your doctor says, 'we follow the manufacturer's cleaning procedures,' that's the wrong answer," a consumer advocate says.

Friday Favorites: High deductibles, adult vaccines, and more

While we're scrambling to afford our high deductibles, others are trying to ensure there are enough doctors to provide that care.