Michelle Faust

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.

Ways to Connect

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As the November 15th enrollment period  draws closer, health administrators and policy watchers have been assessing data from the first troubled period of Obamacare.

WXXI/Innovation reporter Michelle Faust spoke first with the Executive Director of New York state's official health plan marketplace.



Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say 27 million dollars will go to help assist residents connect with insurance—the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act — starting November 15th.

National health care advocates worry that most states will be investing less on support staff to help sign people up for insurance, than was invested last year.

The state department of health plans to launch a Spanish-language website in the upcoming open enrollment. National observers recommend that New York learn from mistakes made on the federal Spanish language website.

CuidadoDeSalud.Gov opened to controversy when it launched late in last year’s open enrollment period, and included poor translations and grammatical errors.

Graphic by healthpocket.com

Many New York seniors that use Medicare Advantage will pay more for both their premiums and they prescriptions starting in January.

Recently released national Medicare data show the average cost of premiums for Medicare Advantage will increase by 2% in 2015, according to an analysis by HealthPocket.

Statewide, the average premium is up just less than 3 and a quarter percent. In 2014, the average premium in New York for Medicare Advantage was $55.02.

In 2015, that figure will go up to $56.80.

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Health care providers from across the United States and Canada and overseas came together in western New York to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations, many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.

There are between four and five million refugees in the U.S. and their experiences often result in unique health needs.