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

LA County looks deeper as WHO raises the alarm on superbugs

The World Health Organization is sounding the alarm about antibiotic-resistant infections. California is taking steps to prevent their spread.

With missed deadlines, billions at stake for CA low-income health programs

Congress missed a September 30 deadline to fund two key programs in California. The state is waiting to learn the fate of billions of dollars in federal support.

California health clinics risk losing hundreds of millions if Congress doesn’t act

Clinics are waiting to see if Congress will renew their funding by the Saturday deadline. More than $600 million are at stake in California.

Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal would hit California hard

California could lose tens of billions of dollars each year under the latest Obamacare repeal effort. Analysts say that would mean big cuts to state health programs.

Major drug transparency bill moves to governor's desk

It would require drug makers to report and justify some price increases. Economists are divided over whether the bill would shame drug firms into holding prices down.

What are California's options to get universal health care?

Advocates want state lawmakers to adopt a single-payer health care system. But that's not the only way to reach universal coverage. Here are the primary models.

Billions at stake for CA as CHIP deadline looms

Congress has until the end of the month to renew funding for a special children's health insurance program. If it doesn't, California will have to come up with billions.

Could CA be the first state to legalize drug injection sites?

The California legislature is closer than ever to approving a measure that would allow local governments to approve supervised drug use sites.

Bill would regulate middlemen who help set Calif. drug prices

The measure would put the state in charge of regulating pharmacy benefit managers. They negotiate drug prices with manufacturers on behalf of insurers.

A bill to help those with complex conditions if insurer leaves the market

The bill would ensure that Californians with complex conditions could keep their providers, even if they're not in the new insurer's network.

California public health agency opposes superbug tracking bill

The Department of Public Health says a bill designed to increase superbug tracking in California would not provide an accurate picture of the scope of infections.

Rendon restarts CA single-payer debate, critics unimpressed

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon came under intense fire for shelving a single-payer bill in June. Now he's calling for special hearings during next month's recess.

Will transparency in drug pricing force down costs?

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would force greater transparency in drug pricing. The drug industry says the measure wouldn't help consumers.

California activists keep pushing for single payer health bill

The State Assembly Speaker has shelved the bill, but progressive groups are launching a grassroots campaign to revive the measure.

Covered California may insulate health insurers from 2018 loss

The exchange's board will consider a plan designed to keep insurers on the exchange by letting them recoup 2018 losses with larger profits over the next three years.