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

Covered California adjusts to handle enrollment surge

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.

FAQ: What the heck do all of those health insurance terms mean?

Buying health insurance means assessing premiums, copays, deductibles, coinsurance, and actuarial value. How many of us understand what they are?

The 6 most frequently-asked questions about Covered California answered (Video)

Health experts met at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum to mull through some of the finer points of the new law and shed some light on what that means for California.

Obamacare: When canceled health insurance leads to a better policy

Public debate has focused on canceled policies and higher premiums, but some Californians will pay less with new plans that provide more coverage and lower deductibles.

California asks health insurers to extend policies (updated)

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking health insurance companies to maintain individual insurance policies through 2014 after President Obama extended the deadline.

60,000 Californians have chosen an Obamacare health plan so far

Lee said that 31,000 selected a health plan in October, with another 29,000 choosing one since then. That's more than 2,000 a day picking a plan so far in November.

Obamacare FAQ: 8 things to know about employer open enrollment in 2013

Open enrollment is that time of year when people with job-based health insurance are allowed to make changes to their coverage. Get the most out of yours this season.

Four SoCal hospitals fined for jeopardizing patients

The state fines nine California hospitals a total of $775,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of patients. Two violations led to patient deaths.

Covered California doctor search tool limps back online

The highly-touted but troubled doctor search feature on the state-run marketplace is once again up and running - sort of. More fixes are needed.

Health officials urge West Nile precautions

A warmer than usual October is extending mosquito season, prompting health officials to urge take precautions against West Nile virus.

Doctor search still not working on Covered California website

Experts say it might be best to wait until the doctor search glitch is fixed before enrolling in a health plan through Covered California.

9 things you should know about Medicare open enrollment

Is your Medicare plan working for you? Open enrollment allows you to make changes that may better suit your needs and your pocketbook.

Health care workers ordered to get flu shots or to wear masks

Health care workers in Los Angeles County ordered to get vaccinated for flu shots to help protect patients.

Gov. Brown signs bill expanding abortions

Gov. Brown has signed legislation allowing nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Covered California calls first week's results 'phenomenal'

Covered California reports nearly 1 million unique web visits, 16,000 completed household applications, and 28,000 determined eligible for health insurance.