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

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.

Covered California fixes glitch, adds physician search tool

The state-run health insurance marketplace says consumers can now make sure their doctor is participating in plans being sold through the network.

New law removes veil of secrecy from Covered California contracts

Under the new law, California's state-run insurance marketplace is subject to the same public disclosure laws as other state agencies.

Study: the wisdom of age helps make up for loss of brain power

Knowledge the elderly gain over the course of their lives helps offset the reduced ability to learn and process information.

Obamacare FAQ: Navigating Covered California's health insurance exchange

This morning, insurance marketplaces opened around the nation allowing Americans the chance to comparison shop for insurance. Now all Americana can find out what the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – really means to them.

California's health insurance marketplace poised to open Tuesday

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.

'Young Invincibles' a key to success of Obamacare

Getting the young and healthy to buy health insurance is essential to the success of the Affordable Care Act, many believe.

FAQ: Is Obamacare a good thing for California's small businesses?

Small businesses are not required to buy insurance under Obamacare, but California will offer a marketplace designed to provide cheaper insurance alternatives.