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

Bill watch: 2 bills aim to limit out-of-pocket costs

One would forbid surprise bills for seeing out-of-network doctors at in-network facilities. The other would limit the deductible for individuals in family plans.

Discussing cost could prevent a cancer side effect: Bankruptcy

One man's struggle with cancer and its financial burdens illustrates a problem facing many. Cancer doctors are recognizing that they need to consider cost.

FAQ: Why are cancer drugs getting more expensive?

The cost of cancer drugs has increased five- to 10-fold over 15 years. In the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 118 doctors propose solutions to cap these costs.

#PriceCheck: Yes, you can give birth for $250

Some #PriceCheck participants paid $250 to give birth at a Kaiser hospital. With HMOs, people can pay less for care by accepting a narrower network of doctors.

Health savings accounts: Maybe for massage, not for pot

Do you have a high-deductible health plan? Experts say you should be investing in your health savings account each year to save for future health care.

A 'dramatic change:' More medical schools teach costs

The vast majority of medical schools now integrate discussions of cost into their curricula, a survey finds.

LA County child contracts human plague while camping

The risk of getting plague in California is low - this is the first case since 2006 - but health officials urge precautions to avoid contact with rodents and fleas.

Bargain hunt for health care procedures, but use caution

Entrepreneurs are trying to make it easier for patients to negotiate the cost of their health care. Experts say you should use these tools carefully.

Health Highlights: Finding doctors, buying insurance

Looking for a new doctor now or during Covered California’s open enrollment period this fall? Recommendations and apps may help you find a doctor you like.

Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of senator

The California secretary of state says advocates can begin collecting signatures in Sacramento and Yolo counties for the recall of state Sen. Richard Pan.

Looking for a doctor? Word-of-mouth, data both helpful

Finding a high-quality doctor that you like and is covered by your insurance can be a challenge. At least two sites are offering data to help you make a choice.

Orange County launches restaurant inspection app

Through the app, called OC Food Inspections, diners can look up recent inspection reports for specific restaurants.

Health Highlights: Birth center costs, teen sex, a West Nile death

This week's top health stories: Readers weigh in on the cost of birthing centers. Also, a reminder to be vigilant against West Nile virus.

Weighing in: Birth centers should be 'more available option'

We asked Impatient readers if they had used birthing centers and if they were cost-effective. Several people responded and said insurance should cover this option.

How much does it cost to have a baby at a birthing center?

When you're looking for alternative birthing strategies, should you consider birthing centers as a viable option? How much do they cost? We've got the answers.