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

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.

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.