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

How Trump's new budget might affect California

Trump is proposing cuts to many areas of government, including environmental oversight, transportation and medical research, while boosting spending for the military and to build a border wall.

CA state senator introduces drug price transparency bill

SB 17 would require pharmaceutical companies to notify insurance companies at least 90 days in advance before significantly raising drug prices.

Covered California chief: Millions stand to lose coverage

Peter Lee's remarks come as the agency releases a preliminary analysis of the Republican health insurance bill in Congress.

Families wary of enrolling undocumented kids in Medi-Cal

Many fear deportation by the Trump administration. An L.A. agency that has enrolled thousands is telling parents to keep their kids in the program.

What you need to know about the proposed changes to Medicaid

The Republicans' health care bill would change how the federal government pays for the Medicaid program in at least two significant ways.

House GOP releases bill that could replace Obamacare

After weeks of internal debate, House Republicans have released their plan for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. It faces challenges from within the GOP, from interest groups — and the public.

For 3rd time, Paramount firm's chromium 6 operations halted

The AQMD ordered Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. to suspend operations that emit the carcinogen because its emissions exceeded an agreed upon threshold.

What makes a community activist decide to run for office?

Last fall, Laurie Guillen and Jose De Leon got involved in community efforts to fight chromium 6 pollution in Paramount. Now they're both running for city council.

South LA clinic 'a microcosm' of nation's anxieties

A group of Muslim-American doctors started the UMMA clinic. Staff say many patients are worried about losing their access to health care and possible deportation.

LA County moves to play role in protecting CA's Obamacare gains

The head of the county Department of Health Services says California could create its own individual insurance mandate if Congress eliminates the federal one.

LA, state politicians mull responses to Obamacare repeal

State lawmakers are preparing "legislative vehicles," and two L.A. County supervisors want staff to prepare options for maintaining gains in case of repeal.

SoCal Gas to pay $8.5 million to settle Porter Ranch suit

The settlement includes $1 million for a study of potential health effects, but a senior L.A. County health official and a community group say it's inadequate.

SoCal lawmakers introduce bills to reform toxics agency

The author of one bill pointed to the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to argue why the legislation is needed.

Drug-resistant bacteria identified in LA County resident

This is the first time that bacteria containing a specific gene, known as mcr-1, has been reported in the state. It was first identified in the country in May 2016.

Covered California extends deadline amid ACA uncertainty

The President's and GOP Congressional leaders' vow to overhaul the Affordable Care Act shouldn't affect consumers' 2017 health insurance coverage, experts say.