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

How teens are teaching each other the meaning of consent

Los Angeles high schoolers in The Talk Project lead workshops for fellow teens about how to understand and deal with sexual harassment and assault.

GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

Deadline extended for January Covered California plans

Dec. 22 is now the last day to sign up for Covered California health insurance policies that begin Jan. 1. Procrastinators will still have a little more time.

Creek Fire burns 11,337 acres in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for areas of Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills. The fire is 0 percent contained, officials said.

Senate tax plans has huge implications for Californians

After much back and forth, it appears now that the Senate is close to pushing through a massive re-write of the tax bill. After hours and hours of negotiations and deal-making, leading Senate Republicans say they have enough votes to get the job done.

LA teams up with texting-based crisis counseling service

The city will promote Crisis Text Line, which helps people dealing with everything from suicidal thoughts to sexual assault, in return for data on the kinds of challenges users face.

California could lose $2.7 billion in kids' health funding

There's no backup plan to address a potential $2.7 billion shortfall if Congress doesn't renew a health care program for lower-income children by the end of the year.

California clinics face deep cuts if Congress doesn't act soon

It’s been nearly two months since Congress missed its deadline to renew funding for community health centers. Without more money, clinic leaders warn of cutbacks.

With Obamacare, Americans seek more preventive cardiovascular care

A UCLA study says since the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, more people are getting screenings for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Have you updated who should get your money once you pass?

California tracked down hundreds of people who were owed a total of $11 million. They missed out on this money because their loved ones didn't update who should get their estate.

California fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for ignoring complaints

Health regulators say Anthem Blue Cross is guilty of hundreds of "systemic" violations of its customer grievance policy. The insurer "strongly disagrees" with the findings.

No Obamacare mandate could mean higher health costs in CA

The latest attempt to repeal the individual mandate was added to the GOP tax plan Tuesday. If it passes, Californians could eventually see higher insurance premiums.

Hospitals scramble to deal with a shortage of saline drip bags

Hurricane Maria disrupted the operations of a leading manufacturer of saline IV bags — leading to a shortage that has affected California.

What to know about Covered California as open enrollment begins

It's time to sign up for health care coverage in 2018. Open enrollment for Covered California starts today. This comes after months of efforts by the GOP and President Trump to repeal, or at least weaken, Obamacare.

Acute confusion as Covered California begins open enrollment

After months of efforts by the GOP and President Trump to repeal or at least weaken Obamacare, you probably have a lot of questions about open enrollment.