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

Senate health care bill would affect 4 million Californians

The U.S, Senate health care bill could lead to serious reductions in Medi-Cal coverage, including reducing or ending coverage for more than 3.8 million people.

Despite delay, Calif. lawmakers vow to fight Senate health bill

All five L.A. County supervisors criticized the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, along with both U.S. Senators and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate health bill sparks worries about California's gains

Health care policy observers say the Senate health bill would mean deep cuts to Medi-Cal and drops in Covered California enrollment.

If Trump kills subsidies, Covered California has a plan

The exchange tells insurers to set up fallback policies in case Trump does away with cost-sharing subsidies. They would cover the same costs and charge higher premiums.

State may restore full dental and vision Medi-Cal coverage

Legislators will vote next week on a bill that would restore full dental and vision benefits for adult Medi-Cal patients. A number of those benefits were cut in 2009.

Budget deal: Some tobacco tax money for Medi-Cal providers

State lawmakers and Gov. Brown agree to spend $546 million in new tobacco tax money to raise Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. A doctors' group says it's not enough.

Helping girls in detention get medical, psychiatric help

L.A. County's tool has flagged medical and psychiatric issues among girls at Camp Scott. Now the tool will be used on all girls entering the juvenile justice system.

One year of legal doctor-assisted suicide in California

An advocacy group says at least 500 terminally-ill Californians have received a life-ending prescription since the practice was made legal one year ago.

What would single-payer mean for health insurance workers?

The bill in the California legislature would retrain workers in the health insurance industry, but it's unclear how many people would need new jobs.

California state Senate passes single-payer health care bill

The measure would put the state in charge of paying for Californians' medical care. The bill, which still lacks a funding mechanism, now goes to the Assembly.

New analysis of California's single-payer bill shows savings

The analysis predicts most consumers and businesses would come out ahead or break even, but an opponent calls the study "overly optimistic."

California Senate votes to beef up superbug tracking

The Senate passes a bill that could greatly expand the list of antibiotic-resistant infections hospitals must report. The measure now goes to the Assembly.

California has tried to reform health care for 100 years

As Congress works to replace Obamacare, the California Senate is about to vote on a single-payer bill. It's the latest in a long line of similar attempts.

California set to vote on single-payer health

Analysts say the state would have to raise about 200 billion dollars a year to pay for the new system. That's as much as the entire state budget.

California: Wait-and-see on Trump's proposed Medicaid cuts

While Trump's budget would mean a big hit for Medi-Cal, Gov. Brown won't respond until the Senate and House work out their differences over an Obamacare replacement.