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

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.

Is your doctor drug tested? That depends on where he works

What are hospitals' drug policies for the doctors who work on their campuses? Some conduct drug tests, some don't. It can get complicated.

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.