Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent

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Stephanie O’Neill is the 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, Marketplace, Monitor Radio, 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 2014 NPR-Kaiser Health News Fellow and a 2013-2014 Fellow of the Regional Health Journalism Program conducted by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Stephanie earned a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a B.A. In Political Science/Public Policy 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

More than 100 SoCal hospitals hit with readmission penalties

But the penalties are slightly lower than last year's, and about half of the national average. The fines are part of Obamacare's effort to improve patient care.

As Medicare turns 50, the Lee family recalls its key role

Drs. Philip and Peter Lee pushed hard for Medicare. Philip helped implement it as an assistant secretary of health. Peter's son, Peter Lee Jr., is the head of Covered California.

Covered California plan rates to rise an average of 4 percent

The agency says because its enrollees are among "the healthiest in the country," insurers lowered their 2016 premiums overall, leading to a lower average rise.

LA Sheriff plans dramatic expansion of mental health policing

The department looks to essentially replicate a mental health unit in the LAPD that has become an international model.

Scant opposition to Medicare plan to pay doctors for end-of-life talks

The idea was dropped in 2009 after Sarah Palin claimed incorrectly that it would lead to "death panels." Six years later, Medicare is poised to adopt it.

County health officials respond to rise in congenital syphilis

The public health department is expanding outreach and education for health care providers and patients.

Many not able to pay for long-term care, study finds

Few Americans 40 and older are financially prepared for looming long-term care needs, survey finds.

California physician-assisted suicide bill stalls (updated)

The authors of SB 128 said Tuesday they would not present the right-to-die bill to the Assembly Health Committee.

Bill seeks to limit California's Medi-Cal asset recovery

A bill in Sacramento would in part limit the state's ability to seek reimbursement for Medi-Cal treatment to the cost of nursing home or assisted living care.

LA's Death Café seeks to end a taboo

Betsy Trapasso organizes small get-togethers for people to talk informally about death.

Calif. Senate approves physician-assisted suicide bill

The controversial SB 128 would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to certain terminally ill patients who request it. It now goes to the Assembly.

'Assisted suicide' or 'aid in dying?' The semantic battle over SB 128

A high-stakes fight over how to frame the debate over SB 128, which would legalize the practice of doctors giving lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.

State Senate clears bill requiring improved health provider directories

SB 137 would require insurers to update directories weekly, state whether a provider is taking new patients and note which languages are spoken.

Calif. Assembly votes to end 'surprise' medical bills

AB 533 would protect those who get care at a facility in their insurance network but receive some services from an out-of-network provider.

Palliative care doctors mixed on CMA assisted suicide policy shift

The California Medical Association is now neutral on a bill that would legalize the practice in the state. Some palliative care doctors approve; others don't.