Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter
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
The bills cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs; require more accurate provider directories; and require per-individual deductibles in family plans.
Of the 2 million people who have purchased health insurance through Covered California, about 1.3 million still have coverage through the state exchange.
Fed up with insurance paperwork and what they consider low reimbursement rates, a small number of physicians have switched to dealing with patients on a cash basis.
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 State Beach was closed Wednesday evening after waste, including hypodermic needles and tampon applicators, washed up on shore.
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.
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.
The plaintiffs claim that disabled residents and visitors can't travel safely and independently because Long Beach has failed to fix damaged sidewalks.
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.
The bill is aimed at reducing how much consumers pay for expensive specialty drugs for serious conditions. The health insurance industry opposes it.
Assembly bill 1305 would require all family health plans to include a per-individual deductible and a per-individual out-of-pocket limit.
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.
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.
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.
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.