Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent
Stephanie O’Neill is a Health Care Correspondent for Southern California Public Radio. Her multi-platform journalism career includes reporting for public radio, public television and newspapers, including three years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, four years as a staff reporter/columnist for the Contra Costa Times and two years as the first Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KQED’s statewide radio magazine, the "California Report.” She’s also been published in national magazines, including Columbia Journalism Review, New York Lawyer Magazine and Consumer Reports publications.
Prior to joining Southern California Public Radio, Stephanie produced hundreds of feature stories and breaking news reports that aired on NPR, Monitor Radio, Marketplace, AP Radio, the BBC and CBS Radio’s "The Osgood File." Her coverage has included environmental, legal and political features as well as reports on the 1992 L.A. Riot, the OJ Simpson criminal/civil trials and many of California’s largest earthquakes, floods and fires.
Stephanie's work has won awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, the Los Angeles Press Club and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. She is a 2013 NPR-Kaiser Health News Fellow and a 2013 Association of Health Care Journalists-California Health Journalism Fellow.
She has a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and B.A. In Political Science from the University of California, Davis.
Away from work, Stephanie enjoys riding her horses, hiking with her dogs and hanging out with her human friends and family.
Stories by Stephanie O'Neill
State Senator Ted Gaines — who is running for insurance commissioner — says Covered California broke the law.
The USC study found that adults 50-65 who consume high amounts of animal protein are four times more likely to die from cancer compared with those who eat less.
The state reports 15 cases so far this year, compared with two at this time last year. At least seven of the victims were intentionally not vaccinated.
The rate of deaths is dropping, bolstering state officials' belief that the epidemic is winding down.
Covered California officials say 28 percent of those who signed up in January were Latino; the percentage was under 20 percent for the previous three months.
State Senator Norma Torres says Covered California needs a bigger board with broader expertise to better address website, customer service, and outreach problems.
Trying to limit election-year damage on health care, the Obama administration Monday granted business groups another delay in a much-criticized requirement that larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
Covered California’s beleaguered doctor-finder tool is removed from site until officials can be assured it is accurate.
A survey of Cal State students suggests that most of the 30 percent of uninsured CSU students have not bought coverage because they don't think they can afford it.
Riverside County Regional Medical Center adopted new protocols that have led to a 76 percent drop in infections acquired during surgery.
Highly-popular treatments to increase testosterone in men may pose a health risk to some, a UCLA study finds.
Some consumers who've enrolled in health plans sold through Covered California are finding fewer provider choices than they expected.
Five of the six insurers offering policies in southern California through Covered California give their customers additional time to pay for Jan. 1 policies.
Nearly 500,000 Californians signed up for health insurance from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
A new searchable state website allows consumers to look for ingredients that may cause cancer or reproductive harm.