Michelle Faust

Health Care Reporter

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Michelle Faust is a health care reporter at KPCC with a focus on health policy.

Faust’s first foray into health policy reporting was for WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York. In 2014, she was one of few public media reporters covering New York State’s first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

Since she began in broadcast journalism, Faust has hosted Morning Edition for KAWC in Yuma, Arizona, reported for the public health news collaborative Side Effects Public Media, and covered education policy for StateImpact Ohio at Ideastream in Cleveland.

Faust is a multimedia journalist who has written for print, web, radio, and television. Her reporting has been on NPR national newscasts, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, NPR’s flagship news magazines Morning Edition and Here & Now. Faust’s stories have been recognized by the New York State Associated Press Association and won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for innovation and breaking news.

Dedicated to developing the profession, Faust is lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, volunteers with other local journalism organizations, and has mentored for the Next Generation Radio public radio journalist training project.

A lover of languages, Faust was a full-time Spanish professor in a previous career.

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Stories by Michelle Faust

'Pain is my constant companion'

KPCC follows one woman for a week to see what it's like to experience near constant pain. Check back for daily updates.

KPCC special: How your culture impacts the user of painkillers

LA County has lower rates of opioid use and abuse than much of the US.

Why isn't the opioid epidemic hitting LA as hard as the rest of the country?

L.A. County's opioid OD rate is much lower than the overall U.S. rate. The county’s leader in substance abuse prevention says racial and ethnic diversity could be a factor.

LA sues opioid drug makers and sellers, joining hundreds of others

City Attorney Mike Feuer says manufacturers misled patients and prescribers about the risks of opioids, and that the distributors neglected to report suspicious drug orders.

Kids with disabilities face a tough transition to adult care

Growing up, Lauren Messer had a large team to help her deal with her rare neurological disease. Now that she's 21, her mom is scrambling to assemble a new team.

An ambitious attempt to make medical research not so white

The National Institutes of Health wants 1 million Americans from diverse communities to share their biological and medical histories for an "historic" research project.

Health care prices in California would be set by government under new bill

The measure is backed by several influential unions frustrated that health care costs are gobbling an increasing share of compensation.

The lowdown on high deductible health plans

High deductible health insurance doesn't turn out to be a great option for people with chronic health conditions and people with lower incomes.

14 bills that could bring California closer to single payer

A recent report argued that single payer health care would take several years to realize in California and recommended that lawmakers instead take a series of short-term steps to improve coverage.

A California gun seizure law could be a model for national legislation

A state law lets police or family members to seek a court order to temporarily seize weapons from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. How often — and how effectively — has it been used?

LA church greenlights overnight parking for some homeless

St. Mary's Episcopal Church is letting a handful of people living in their vehicles park in its lot. The nonprofit behind the arrangement is working to get more churches and synagogues to sign on.

'Rehab mogul’ convicted of sexually assaulting his treatment center patients

Christopher Bathum, who owned and operated several substance abuse treatment facilities, was found guilty of assaulting eight women between 2014 and 2016.

Critically ill Medi-Cal patients just got an important new benefit

A recent California law requires that Medi-Cal patients have access to palliative care. Here's what you need to know.

5 bills California lawmakers are looking at ways to make health care cheaper

In lieu of pushing for an immediate transition to a government-run single-payer health care system, some are offering these bills as part of a more gradual approach.

How community clinics could help disaster victims

Currently, clinics can't get reimbursed by Medi-Cal for services provided at shelters or evacuation centers. Legislation in Sacramento would change that.