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

Impatient reader's dogged persistence wins Anthem drug approval

After two appeals, Anthem Blue Cross has approved coverage of Cymbalta for an Impatient reader who takes the drug for chronic pain associated with muscular dystrophy.

How to decode your health insurer's Explanation of Benefits

It's not easy to read an Explanation of Benefits. Luckily, our friends at KQED's State of Health blog have decoded the EOB.

Next up for #PriceCheck: Back MRI's

If you've had a back MRI, visit the PriceCheck website and tell us about your bill: What was the price, how much did your insurance pay, how much did you pay?

More voice frustration with Anthem, other insurers

Impatient readers write of more EPO/PPO confusion, coverage denials and appointment delays.

As screening advice changes, should we re-name the annual exam?

If women don’t need pelvic exams, Pap smears and mammograms yearly, then do we still need the annual exam? One doctor says yes, just call it a "visit."

Laura's Law passed years ago. Why are counties adopting it now?

There was no dedicated funding source for the law when it passed in 2002, and its provisions have been controversial.

ER reservations: Convenient, but are they cost effective?

You can now make emergency room appointments. Convenient, yes, but is it a good idea? Some suggest if you can wait, maybe you should see your regular doctor.

LA County supes to weigh Laura's Law

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday on Laura's Law, which allows the county to force certain people with severe mental illness to get treatment.

Whooping cough: 2014 epidemic has struck more than 5,000

Health officials urge pregnant women to get vaccinated in their third trimester, but it appears that few have done so.

Mississippi baby's HIV relapse won't affect handling of LA case

A doctor who is helping manage the case of an L.A. baby who also became HIV-free after early intervention says her treatment plan won't change.

State health department warns of phone scammers

Men with "heavy foreign accents" are primarily targeting women, saying they are with the health department and trying to obtain financial and other personal information.

Has your health insurer misled you?

A consumer group has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Anthem Blue Cross of fraud and unfair business practices. Can you relate?

Psychiatric drugs associated with 90,000 ER visits yearly

A news study in JAMA Psychiatry estimates that the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs are related to nearly 90,000 visits to the emergency room each year.

A widow's tale: How the VA helped my husband...and me

Amidst the scandals enveloping the VA, Maureen Gerwig says a local VA facility provided great service to her husband as he dealt with cancer, heart disease, and Hepatitis C.

Are you stressed out? You're not alone

A poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds many Americans are dealing with serious stress.