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

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.

Insulin cost shoots up

The cost tripled from 2002 to 2013. A month's supply can cost $600 to $900, a steep price for diabetics paying out-of-pocket.

State reports measles case in Nevada County, 'many' exposed

The state says the unvaccinated child has fully recovered, but exposed "many" people, including unvaccinated classmates, to the highly contagious disease.

Using mindfulness to treat chronic pain

A new study finds that mindfulness can be an effective treatment for chronic back pain. But there are some real barriers to it becoming a mainstream option — like the price tag.

Drug industry raises nearly $50M to fight ballot measure

With nearly eight months to go until the November election, the initiative is already among the top 20 most expensive California ballot measures in recent years.

Does raising the smoking age to 21 work?

The strongest evidence suggesting this approach can succeed comes from the Institute of Medicine. It predicts a 12 percent drop among teens.

Is your medical provider a good deal?

The California Office of the Patient Advocate has issued its latest report card designed to help consumers choose doctors who provide quality care, but with a new gauge: cost of service.