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

Does 'futile" care needlessly clog the ICU?

A study finds two people died while awaiting transfer to an intensive care unit, which was full and contained at least one patient receiving futile care.

Next up for #PriceCheck: IUDs (and vasectomies!)

About 5 percent of Planned Parenthood patients in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley use an IUD. The cash price there is $925, but very few patients ever pay that.

Number of new Calif. whooping cough cases continues downward trend

The number of new cases peaked in June, with 1,100 in two weeks. The state epidemiologist can't predict whether the downward trend will continue.

Sacramento patient tests negative for Ebola

There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in California. There are no patients admitted to state hospitals who are considered to be at high risk for the disease.

State health official: Ebola not currently a health risk in CA

A patient in Sacramento who's being tested for Ebola is at low risk for the disease, according to the state epidemiologist.

Doctor's orders: The value of comparing drug prices

It's been difficult for consumers to shop around to find the cheapest price for their drugs. There are some websites that offer help.

Did your newborn get a Vitamin K injection?

Some parents are opting out of the Vitamin K injection, although experts say the shot is key to preventing internal bleeding.

Why are poor diabetics more likely to lose limbs?

Research finds a lack of early and effective treatment for lower-income diabetics. A Boyle Heights doctor says there's more to the story.

Hollywood comedy club offers laughter, therapy

Robin Williams' apparent suicide served as a reminder that many comics deal with mental health issues. The Laugh Factory has an in-house psychologist for its comics.

Doctor consultation apps: Healthy or harmful?

Doctor consultation apps seem to offer incredible convenience. But can they also lead to misdiagnosis?

Your mammogram's hefty price tag, explained

Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies are required to fully cover the cost of a mammogram. So why do high charges, and negotiated prices, matter?

Whooping cough: New cases remain high in California

Whooping cough cases are still high in California, with most cases hitting those between the ages of 7 and 16.

Cost transparency reduces price of MRIs, says study

A new study in Health Affairs underscores why we've undertaken #PriceCheck, our collaboration focusing on health cost transparency.

Prior authorization: Valuable cost-saver or bureaucratic black hole?

Consumers aren't the only ones who get into fights with insurance companies over medication authorization. Your doctor is most likely fighting the battle, too.

Are some veterans exaggerating or lying about their PTSD?

The Los Angeles Times reports that over the last 13 years, the number of veterans on disability for PTSD has increased from 133,745 to more than 656,000.