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: Vaccine fight, second opinions, tattoos

Controversy swirls around a bill that would require vaccines for school kids. Experts question the value of second opinions and the chance of tattoo skin reactions.

Impatient: where a state bill mandating vaccinations stands now

A bill that would require all school-aged kids to be vaccinated passed the state Senate earlier this month. The Assembly is expected to take up SB 277 early this summer.

Health Highlights: Capping drug costs, seeking colonoscopy prices

Covered California caps out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs and we crowdsource colonoscopy costs. Plus, great reads on end of life and transgender immigrants.

Covered California votes to cap specialty drug costs

In 2016, most plans sold on the state exchange will cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs at up to $250 per prescription. Employer plans would not be affected.

The return of #PriceCheck: Share the cost of your colonoscopy

We want you to help us track the cost of colonoscopies. We've also got some consumer tips for those facing the procedure.

Health Highlights: High deductibles, free birth control

Money shapes a lot of our health care decisions: Some with high deductibles are forgoing needed care. Smokers are more likely to quit if they stand to lose money.

High deductibles force people to skip care, study finds

Among Americans with private non-group insurance, one in four didn't get needed care last year because they couldn't afford it, according to a Families USA study.

Calif. Senate passes vaccination bill, SB 277 (updated)

Under the bill, parents would no longer be able to opt out of vaccinating school-aged children for personal or religious reasons. SB 277 now goes to the Assembly.

At Cedars-Sinai, technology spurs improved, lower cost care

Cedars-Sinai Health System has incorporated best-practice guidelines into their electronic health record. It spurs doctors to reconsider their recommendations.

What doctors can learn from accountants and veterinarians

The idea of discussing cost in the exam room is foreign to many doctors and patients. Accountants and veterinarians' methods could serve as models.

Health Highlights: Doctors lower costs, and a defense of narrow networks

A model to shift doctors toward better, cheaper care, the measles shot's surprise benefit, and a journalist "comes out" about his autism.

Showing doctors the way to lower cost, improved care

Sutter Health lets doctors see their peers' treatment decisions as a way to teach them how to avoid ordering unnecessary tests or prescribing more expensive drugs.

Discredited vaccination opponent Wakefield crusades against SB 277

Andrew Wakefield's discredited 1998 study still fuels the belief that vaccines cause autism. Now he's campaigning against the bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption.

LA sues Gardens Regional Hospital for alleged patient dumping [updated]

L.A.'s city attorney says Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center dumped a mentally ill homeless woman on Skid Row. The hospital calls the charge "baseless, false."

LA sues hospital over alleged patient dumping [updated]

L.A.'s city attorney says Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center dumped a mentally ill homeless woman on Skid Row. The hospital calls the charge "baseless, false."