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

Medical groups join fight against drug pricing ballot measure

The initiative would cap what the state pays at no more than the lowest price the VA pays. The CMA and others back the drug manufacturer-funded No campaign.

At 5K, veterans eye finish line and voting booth

Veterans and their families say they will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote for more benefits for veterans, including more housing and better counseling.

LA City Attorney, county to enforce new abortion notice law

Last week, the L.A. City Attorney sent letters to six "crisis pregnancy centers," informing them of their obligation to tell clients abortion is an option.

A case for expanding access to costly hepatitis C drugs

Two new analyses suggest that treating people during earlier stages of the disease saves insurers in the long run by avoiding expensive complications.

How Kaiser, Blue Shield will seek to limit opioid overdoses

The HMO and the health insurer are working to get doctors to reduce the prescribed daily dosage to below the level at which the overdose risk skyrockets.

Stressed out? Comfort food might actually help

A study shows that eating when stressed can lead to lowered stress levels. Another study finds it's unclear whether comfort eating can improve your mood.

Why it's so hard to track the powerful opioid fentanyl

It's often mixed with more popular opioids, and doctors don't always order the separate lab analysis that's often needed to detect fentanyl.

California clarifies: Schools must serve unvaccinated special ed kids

Some school districts were unsure how the state's new vaccination law applies to children on Individualized Education Programs.

Doctors group wants to join fight over Catholic hospital rules

The California medical Association wants to join an ACLU suit over a Catholic hospital's religiously-based refusal to perform a tubal ligation after a Cesarean section.

Can transparency drive down drug prices?

State lawmakers are considering bills that would force drug makers to be more transparent about price increases and how much a drug costs in other countries.

Several LA pregnancy centers defy abortion notice law

A new law requires the centers to inform clients that the state offers access to low-cost and free abortions. But KPCC found just two of eight centers complying.

Covered California takes novel step to reduce C-sections

Starting in 2019, exchange insurers must drop hospitals that perform too many unnecessary C-sections or explain why they want to continue contracting with them.

You can now get birth control from your pharmacist in CA

A law passed in 2013 finally takes effect. Now you can get hormonal contraceptives from the pharmacist without a prescription. Here's what you need to know.

The campaign to stub out smoking in LA's apartments

UCLA, the public health department and the local apartment association join forces to educate tenants about secondhand smoke and persuade landlords to go smoke-free.

Can social media help you quit smoking?

Researchers have used social media to help people stop smoking and get HIV tests. But they're still learning how to best use these tools to change behavior.