Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent
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
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.
Hundreds of people showed up for a community meeting to express their concern about new wells that have been approved for the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
The California Hospital Association lays out the steps you can take if you have enrolled but not yet received a bill or an insurance card.
Significant consumer protections come with the requirement that nearly every American must have health insurance.
People in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan who missed the deadline to buy private insurance starting Jan. 1 can keep the coverage one more month.
California minors may face restrictions, including required parental notification, if new initiative makes it to the ballot and becomes law.
Spokesman for California's health exchange: "at this late stage, consumers will need to phone in their enrollment information."
Your first bill should arrive by January 1st; if you don't get it by then, call your insurer. You have to pay by January 6th.
For those doing the last-minute shuffle to buy health insurance before Monday's deadline, seven tips that might help.
Covered California said Wednesday it would not go along with a decision by the largest insurance trade group to give consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 until Jan. 10 to pay their first month's premium.
Covered California's chief says the agency will work "24-7" through Dec. 23 to help everyone who wants health insurance by Jan. 1 to get it.
Buying health insurance means assessing premiums, copays, deductibles, coinsurance, and actuarial value. How many of us understand what they are?