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Michelle Faust

Reporter/Producer

Michelle Faust, MA, joined WXXI News as a Reporter/ Producer in February 2014. She came from KAWC Colorado River Public Media, where she was Morning Edition Host and Spanish Language Producer. Michelle is an enthusiastic follower of news and a long-time aficionado of public broadcasting.

Michelle had press credentials before she had a driver's license, working for newspapers in both high school and college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Romance Languages in 2002 from the University of Oregon. 

Michelle infuses curiosity and a passion for knowledge into her work. Her previous career in education began in 2002 when she taught English in Nîmes, France, before returning to the University of Oregon for her Master of Arts in Spanish literature. Her career in education culminated with a position as Spanish Professor for Arizona Western College.

Michelle loves travel, languages, nature, and adventure. In her off time, she spends most of her time traveling, reading, studying languages, dancing, doing yoga, and spending time in the outdoors hiking or kayaking.

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Connections
4:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Open Enrollment Update

We get updates on what is happening the second open enrollment period of the New York State of Health Marketplace with our guests:

  • Christine Wagner, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood center
  • Shannon Kelly, Health Insurance Assister, Trillium Health
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant, Bene-Care
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Health
4:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pediatricians Weigh In on NIH Decision to Cancel Children's Study

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s lead pediatrician agrees with the National Institutes of Health for their decision to cancel a long term study.

This National Institutes of Health recently announced a decision to pull funding from the National Children’s Study—even after spending more than a billion dollars over 10 years of the project.

Nina Schor is the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She says the NIH had to make a cost benefit analysis and decided the project would not give enough useful results to justify continued funding.

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Understanding The ACA
4:31 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

High Volume Expected on NY Health Exchange as Deadline Nears

Credit www.newyorkstateofhealth.ny.gov

High traffic on the New York State of Health website is to be expected says the head of the state exchange.  

The website could be slow over the next few days.  Saturday is the deadline to sign up for insurance that starts the first of the year.

More than 194 thousand New Yorkers who didn’t have health insurance before November 15th now do.

Donna Frescatore is the Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange.

She says more than 40 thousand of those were added since last week.

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Understanding The ACA
4:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Vermont Scraps Universal Health Care, NY Undeterred

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New York’s biggest proponent of single-payer health care says he will not give up on his plan to bring universal coverage to the state despite an announcement Wednesday that Vermont will scrap a similar plan.

Assembly member Richard Gottfried told WXXI in a written statement Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s decision to abandon plans for Green Mountain Case system was a disappointment for that state.

Gottfried says that the move is NOT an argument against the New York Health Act which would create a publicly-funded health care system for all New Yorkers.

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Understanding The ACA
12:44 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NY State of Health Deadline Extended

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The national deadline to enroll in health care during the second year of open enrollment is today, December 15, but New York has extended the deadline through Saturday.

If you plan to use the New York State of Health Marketplace to sign up for health care, you have 5 more days to enroll if you want your coverage to start on January 1st.

The state department of health says New Yorkers need the extra time because of the power outages and road closures caused by extreme winter weather since the beginning of this year’s open enrollment.

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Health
5:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Managed Care Plan Announced for 22 NY Counties

Sankar Sewnauth, board chair for iCircleCare, announces the new plan.
Credit Michelle Faust

New York Medicaid users with chronic illnesses and disabilities will now have an option for tailored health services that makes it easier to live at home, not in a facility.

17 community-based organizations announced their collaboration Thursday for a new managed long-term care plan---iCircleCare.

The idea is to come up with a tailored plan with services that may include: home care, rehabilitation therapy, dental services, and other health and social service needs.

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Health
8:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Western NY Nursing Home Patients Use, Need More Antipsychotic Drugs

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A current NPR news investigation shows high usage of Antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities for the elderly. The national average usage rate is 19 percent. In New York, it averages 17 percent.

Drawing on NPR’s data, WXXI found high rates of antipsychotic drugs being used in facilities in the Rochester area-near 30 percent in some places, which almost twice the state average.

Rochester Geriatrician, Daniel Mendelson explains the reason is not misuse, but high need. The region leads the nation in care for elderly patients with substantial and complex needs.

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Health
5:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Supporters of Universal Health Care Make Their Case in Rochester

Credit Michelle Faust

Barbara Dyskant joined 30 others who signed up to testify at a hearing in Rochester organized by Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

The Assembly Member will use testimony from 6 hearings across the state to persuade his colleagues to support the New York Health Act, which would create universal health care all New York residents.

Dyskant says the high deductible on her insurance nearly caused her to delay the blood test that revealed her daughter's leukemia.

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Innovation Trail
7:46 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Universal Health Care Hearing Today in Rochester

Credit seniorcarecorner.com

Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, will be at Rochester’s City Council Chambers today to hold the second of 6 hearings about universal health care in New York State.

Gottfried, who has been working for a single-payer system since the early 90s, is a key sponsor of the New York Health Act that would do away with health insurance in the state, replacing it with a universal coverage system.

The assembly member says even with improvements under the Affordable Care Act, in his view the health care system is broken.

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Health
11:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Gene Therapy Presents Potential Treatments to Disease

Credit URMC

Medical Researchers are putting a lot of resources into understanding genes as both the causes and solution to many diseases.

University of Rochester Medical Center Professor of Pediatrics, David Dean studies the best way to treat disease through gene therapy.

His laboratory recently received a 4-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Doctor Dean explains one challenge facing researchers in his field.

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