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

Health Highlights: Patients, some doctors supoort lower costs

A survey finds consumers' top health priorities are containing costs and transparency. Some doctors feel the same way.

Vaccine bill clears key hurdle in state senate

SB 277 would take away parents' right to opt out of vaccinating their children based on personal beliefs. It now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Shopping for health care: Doctors commit to no (financial) harm

Traditionally, doctors aren't trained to talk about health costs. But these doctors say there's a lot they can do to make care more affordable to their patients.

The measles outbreak is over, state health department says

The disease spread from those who contracted it at the Disney theme parks to others across the state and country, shining a light on low vaccination rates in some communities.

Health Highlights: Vaccines and welfare, granola bars, a sleep quiz

This week, tips from patient advocates on shopping for affordable care. Also, a state agency will cut welfare to families that don't vaccinate their kids.

Insurance chief faults Covered Calif. proposed specialty drug cap

Covered California is set to vote Thursday to set a monthly cap on specialty drugs of up to $500. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says it should be much lower.

Shopping for health care: Do your homework, then haggle

Tips for shopping for health care from patient advocates, who fight high costs and unfair medical bills for a living.

UC health center doctors to start 4-day strike Saturday

Health centers will remain open during the strike, the latest episode in a labor dispute. The UC is using outside contractors and managers to provide care.

Health Highlights: Skip physicals, ban vaccine exemptions?

This week's top health stories offer tips on shopping for health care. Also: lawmakers consider dropping vaccine exemptions and slapping a soda warning label.

Have an 'awkward conversation' about costs with your doctor

Are you new to shopping around for health care? An expert says it's worth it, and gives some tips.

How and when to die should have been mom's decision, daughter says

Connie Phillips wanted to stop treatment for breast cancer, but her daughter objected. Today, Amber Phillips regrets "that I took that decision away from her."

Health Highlights: Taxes, the 'right to die,' treadmill desks

Our top consumer health stories of the week: Navigating the health insurance system, debating end of life options and questioning the value of treadmill desks.

When health insurance doesn't cover the medical bills

Celisa Flores has a job and health insurance. But after a car accident, she's in debt because of her high deductible and out-of-network costs.

$3.7M grant aims to get poor families to buy more produce

California Market Match doubles what people who receive food assistance spend on fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets.

War deployment did not increase vets' suicide risk, study says

The study in JAMA Psychiatry found that soldiers deployed to the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan did not have a higher rate of suicide compared with those who did not deploy.