Michelle Faust Raghavan

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Michelle Faust Raghavan is a health care reporter at KPCC with a focus on health policy.

Faust Raghavan’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 Raghavan 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 Raghavan 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 Raghavan’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 Raghavan 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 Raghavan was a full-time Spanish professor in a previous career.

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Stories by Michelle Faust Raghavan

LA's Air Is Bad, But Getting Better

Southern California has had almost 80 particularly smoggy days, so far this year. And Friday is another one. 

Anaheim Seniors Have A New Ally

Seniors who are homebound often don’t have a lot of people around to keep track of how they’re doing. 

What Angelenos Want in the Master Plan on Aging

Governor Newsom has signed an executive order calling for a Master Plan on Aging by October 2020. At a recent brainstorming session in L.A., several dozen advocates for seniors shared interviews with older adults and discussed what types of support seniors need.

One Way To Keep LA Seniors Safe From Abuse: An Active Social Life

Research has shown that people without social interaction are more likely to have high blood pressure, depression and cognitive decline.

Quarantine for some of those exposed to measles at UCLA, Cal State LA

L.A. County public health officials have issued quarantine orders for anyone at UCLA or Cal State L.A. who may have been exposed to measles but can't immediately prove they're immune.

Authors of CDC opioid guidelines say some doctors not following their advice

The authors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines on opioid prescribing wrote a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine saying some doctors are not properly following their advice.

How to make sure you're protected against the measles

L.A. County is on high alert for measles after confirming five cases on Monday. Health officials are reaching out to more than 1,500 people who may have been exposed. Here's how to make sure you're not at risk.

Lawmakers hope to crack down on bogus medical vaccination exemptions

SB 276 would require the state Department of Public Health to approve all medical exemptions. The department would also set up a database to track exemptions. The number of medical exemptions has jumped since a state law banned exemptions for personal or religious reasons.

Bill in Sacramento would give family caregivers a tax credit for their expenses

People who care for a sick or disabled family member also end up spending a lot of their own money – nearly $7,000 a year on average, by one estimate. A bill in the California State Assembly aims to offset some of those costs.

California lawmakers to take another shot at expanding Medi-Cal

California lawmakers will take another swing in 2019 at extending Medi-Cal eligibility to anyone in the country illegally who meets the program's income qualifications. California has let kids and teens without legal status apply for Medi-Cal since 2016.

Short-term health plans go extinct in California

Starting January 1, Californians will no longer be able to buy short-term health plans. Critics call these policies "junk" plans because they don’t have to follow the Obamacare rules requiring coverage of preexisting conditions and a variety of preventive and other care.

California has new power to reject large health plan mergers

Starting January 1, California is taking more control over the growth of the health insurance industry. For the first time, a new law will give the state the power to reject mergers by large health insurance firms.

Can mindfulness improve the lives of cancer survivors?

Jessica Shelton says mindfulness helps her cope with anxiety and depression. She's been in remission for 5 years. Shelton was part of an on-going study at UCLA examining the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in the lives of breast cancer survivors.

California may be the next state to ban short-term health plans

California may be the next state to ban short-term health plans. The state Senate just passed a bill that would ban the coverage on a 26-9 vote. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the legislation, California will join New York state in blocking the Trump administration’s move to extend the short-term plans to up to 3 years.

How to cope with bad air in fire season

The Cranston Fire in Riverside County pushed more than 3,000 people out of their homes. But the fire danger extends past the evacuation zones. The smoke is deleterious to the health of people in the surrounding areas.