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 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.

CDC's 'Tips' anti-smoking campaign appears to have worked

A hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign that features people suffering the health consequences of smoking may have persuaded many to quit, study says.

Fight to continue over nurse practitioner independence

Nurse practitioners in California must continue to work under direct doctor supervision following defeat of proposed law, SB 491.

Mental health: A husband goes missing: Could 'Laura's Law' have helped?

"Laura's Law" might have helped Samantha Lamberg get treatment for husband Erik's bipolar disorder. A bill on Gov. Brown's desk might speed adoption of the law.

Obamacare: California exchange to unveil $80M ad campaign on Labor Day

The 15-month-long campaign of television and radio commercials is aimed at California's uninsured residents.

Anthem accused of illegally capping eating disorder coverage (PDF)

Class action lawsuit accuses health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of illegally denying coverage to treat policyholders with eating disorders.

2 weight loss surgery centers stripped of accreditation

Two surgery centers once affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN campaign have lost their accreditation, and a third faces increased scrutiny.

Nevada threatened with lawsuit over alleged patient dumping (PDF)

San Francisco is demanding Nevada reimburse California for care given to poor, mentally-ill patients allegedly booted out of a psychiatric hospital. Read the letters here.