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

How Obamacare helped the self-employed in California

Self-employed Californians have higher uninsurance rates than other workers, but an analysis released Thursday shows that improved under the Affordable Care Act.

LA County plans for possible Obamacare repeal

The county wants to be prepared for potential health care changes. Under consideration: bringing back a retired health policy adviser to help write an Obamacare contingency plan.

Aid programs for disabled Angelenos to lose millions in funding

The governor's revised budget provides immediate relief to counties scrambling to find $626 million dollars to backfill cuts made in the January budget.

Brown's new budget doesn't renew money for doctor training

State senators and doctors had called on Gov. Brown to restore $33 million dollars in funding for medical residencies in areas with significant physician shortages.

Doctors say Brown's budget misuses tobacco tax funds

Groups representing California's doctors and dentists say Gov. Brown is supposed to use the money to increase Medi-Cal providers' low reimbursement rates.

'Die-in' staged outside Steve Knight's office over ACA vote

Liberal activists gathered at the congressman's Santa Clarita office to denounce his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The GOP likes high-risk pools; CA's experience was negative

The House GOP bill encourages states to create high-risk pools for the sickest people. California did not have a good experience with its own high-risk pool. Costs were high, benefits were restricted, and some died waiting to get accepted.

A twist on the process of negotiating 2018 CA health premiums

Amid ongoing uncertainty over Obamacare's fate, California's insurance regulators allowed insurers to submit two sets of proposed 2018 premiums, rather than one.

Can fine-tuned alerts help you spend less time in the hospital?

Hospitals have been using computer alerts on doctors' computers in an attempt to cut down on unnecessary treatments. Cedars-Sinai is trying to refine the strategy.

Covered California wades back into Obamacare fight

The agency's head says failure to enforce the individual mandate and withholding of cost-sharing subsidies could drive up premiums significantly.

OC DA charges 26 in alleged $40M workers' comp scam

The DA says the complex scheme involved unnecessary creams, tests and treatments for workers' compensation insurance patients.