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

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.

Is SoCal's diversity one reason the opioid epidemic isn't as bad here?

A public health official cites research showing Asians and Latinos are less likely to turn to pills for pain relief.

Special Assembly committee begins hearings on health insurance

The select committeeheld the first in a series of hearings Monday on California’s health system. Lawmakers will hear proposed fixes in coming weeks.

California feels protected against Trump pulling health subsidies

Covered California's move to raise premiums on its silver plans was designed to insulate consumers from the effects of Trump's move. Experts think it should work.

Here’s how Trump’s health care order affects California

The executive order on health care President Donald Trump signed Thursday seeks to do away with many requirements under Obamacare. California officials vow to fight.

California blames Trump for health care price hike

Covered California's most popular plans will have an added 12.4 percent surcharge in 2018. Officials say the increase covers Trump administration's inaction on subsidies.

Drug companies will now have to justify price hikes

Governor Brown signed groundbreaking drug transparency legislation in a press conference Monday. SB 17 requires drug makers to justify price hikes.