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 hospitals score a win in suit over Medi-Cal cuts

The case involves California's decision to cut Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10 percent during the recession. An appeals court has kept the suit going.

‘I’ll sue him’: CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Trump’s threat to cut ACA subsidies

With President Trump’s looming threat to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is taking measures in an attempt to stabilize the state’s health care exchange.

Anthem retreats from SoCal as health insurance rates rise

Californians who get their insurance on the state health exchange will pay 13 percent more in 2018, Covered California announced Tuesday.

California 2018 health insurance rates likely to be higher

Californians learn Tuesday how much health insurance rates will increase for people who buy coverage through Covered California.

After rating brunch spots, you can Yelp a maternity ward

Yelp is known for reviews of restaurants, car mechanics and hair stylists, but now it has C-section data on hospital maternity wards in California.

SoCal hospitals in an 'arms race' against hackers

As hospitals get better at protecting patient data, hackers get more sophisticated. "We are probably more vulnerable today," says one expert.

Overworked OBs in Riverside deliver huge number of babies

Experts say there’s a serious shortage of obstetricians in the U.S. A study of 50 cities found that Riverside and L.A. are near the top of the list.

Covered California delays release of 2018 insurance rates

We won't know how much policies will cost on Covered California until August. The state is delaying the release of 2018 rates due to "uncertainty" over Obamacare.

New health bill, same big cuts to Medi-Cal

By keeping its Medicaid cuts, the Senate bill would mean 3.8 million Californians would lose some or all of their coverage, according to a state analysis.

Children's hospitals: GOP health bill would be a 'catastrophe' for kids

The hospitals say the bill's Medi-Cal cuts would force them to trim services, harming their many patients on the program — as well as those who aren't.

Trump admin data shows ACA marketplaces are actually OK

The GOP and the White House both say they must repeal the ACA because the private insurance markets are collapsing — but are they really?

When it comes to cancer surgery outcomes, volume counts

A California study says complications from certain cancer surgeries are much more associated with hospitals that performed those operations only once or twice.

'Physicians are human beings': New rules to battle burnout in medical residencies

Medical residency programs have new rules as of July 1. First-year residents are allowed to work longer hours and must have 24/7 access to mental health professionals.

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.