Rebecca Plevin

Health Reporter

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Rebecca Plevin is a health reporter at KPCC. She also writes KPCC's consumer health blog, Impatient.

Prior to working at KPCC, Rebecca spent five years covering health news in California's Central Valley, first for the bilingual paper Vida en el Valle, and then for Fresno-based Valley Public Radio. She was also a lead reporter on The Reporting on Health Collaborative's groundbreaking series of stories about valley fever.

Rebecca’s work has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. For her work at KPCC, Rebecca has earned an LA Press Club Award for best blog and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb award. As a newspaper reporter, she twice earned the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, as well as top honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rebecca grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker, an avid rock climber and a yoga teacher.
Stories by Rebecca Plevin

Health plans slow to adopt birth control law

A new state law says women can get a year's supply of birth control pills at the pharmacy and insurance must cover it. But that hasn't been the case for everyone.

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.

ACA's cost-sharing subsidies helped him afford brain surgery

As President Trump mulls getting rid of these Obamacare subsidies, one man tells his story of how they helped him get needed treatment.

200 LA County private schools didn't report vaccination data

Nearly 30 percent of private institutions in L.A. County did not comply with a requirement to report. The state has few ways to compel compliance.

More SoCal kindergartners are getting vaccinated

Every Southern California county saw a year-over-year increase in the percentage of fully immunized kindergartners. L.A. jumped from 90 percent to 95 percent.

LA County seeks to narrow HIV disparities

Infection rates remain stubbornly high among African-Americans and American Indians. The Board of Supervisors wants to get smarter about how to narrow those gaps.

New spike in chromium 6 levels in Paramount

The investigation is centered on three metal processors. A nearby air monitor shows chromium 6 levels have spiked up to 10 times above background levels.

Should naturopaths be allowed to perform sports physicals?

A bill in Sacramento would authorize chiropractors, naturopathic physicians and nurse practitioners to do the exams. The California Medical Association and groups representing the state's family doctors and pediatricians oppose it.

Vaccinating against pertussis in pregnancy protects baby: study

A large-scale study in Pediatrics finds maternal Tdap vaccination during pregnancy is very effective in preventing whooping cough in infants.

A call for a federal push to eliminate hepatitis B, C

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine argues for a coordinated initiative to invest in disease prevention, access to treatment, disease surveillance and physician training.

A push to get more minorities into clinical trials

The California Medical Association Foundation's campaign will try to reverse the historically low rate of minority participation in scientific studies.

GOP pulls health care overhaul off House floor

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

California estimates GOP health bill would cost $24B by 2027

The state says changes to Medicaid would blow a $18.6 billion hole in the general fund and create a $5.7 billion shortfall in support from counties and providers.

Paramount metal firm sues, and gets sued, over chromium 6

Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. has sued the AQMD over the accuracy of an agency air monitor. Some residents have sued Aerocraft and other firms over the pollutant.

Worried about losing insurance, people stockpile medications

Obamacare was a relief for people with chronic diseases who once had trouble getting insurance. The possibility of losing coverage has led some to stockpile drugs.