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

Can prescription drugs be priced on their 'value'?

The overnight price hike of Daraprim highlighted the way drug prices are set in the U.S. Some experts argue for "value-based pricing."

Los Angeles's Dockweiler Beach closed after waste washes ashore

Los Angeles's Dockweiler State Beach was closed Wednesday evening after waste, including hypodermic needles and tampon applicators, washed up on shore.

To boost vaccination rates, the flu shot needs a PR makeover

Last year's shot only reduced the chances that someone would get sick with the flu by 23 percent. Experts weigh in on how to improve the shot's image.

California unveils web tool to help consumers shop for health care

The website lets consumers look up the costs of more than 100 medical procedures in their region. It also offers data on the quality of care.

Sidewalk access suit against Long Beach now a class action

The plaintiffs claim that disabled residents and visitors can't travel safely and independently because Long Beach has failed to fix damaged sidewalks.

Take a selfie with your doctor, then ask about costs

Next time you go to the doctor, ask if you can take a selfie together. Once you've broken the ice, ask the critical, but potentially awkward, questions about cost.

Gov. Brown mulls bill capping out-of-pocket drug costs

The bill is aimed at reducing how much consumers pay for expensive specialty drugs for serious conditions. The health insurance industry opposes it.

State legislature approves limiting family plan deductibles

Assembly bill 1305 would require all family health plans to include a per-individual deductible and a per-individual out-of-pocket limit.

When is it OK to record your doctor's orders?

Cell phones are as common as stethoscopes in the exam room. But the rules for using phones to record doctor-patient conversations are still developing.

California saw record number of severe West Nile cases in 2014

Less than one percent of people infected with West Nile develop a neurologic illness. In 2014, California reported 561 cases of neuroinvasive disease, the CDC says.

Woman sues hospital, alleging 'patient dumping' on Skid Row

The lawsuit accuses Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center of dumping a homeless, mentally-ill patient on Skid Row, barefoot and wearing only hospital scrubs.

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.