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

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.

Study: Employer mandate delay will have little impact on Obamacare

A RAND study says the one-year delay in the "employer mandate" will cause minimal disruption to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Legislators to take up bills to allow nurses, optometrists, to treat patients

The two bills, sponsored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), are meant to address a shortage of doctors in advance of January's launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Consortium making strides in reducing hospital infections

Study find Patient Safety First initiative lowered rate of hospital-generated infections, which sicken an estimated 200,000 California hospital patients.

California chooses health insurance carriers for small business exchange

Covered California announces six companies that will provide small business health insurance through the state-run marketplace.

New no smoking policy takes effect on all CSUF campus facilities

Cal State Fullerton becomes the first in the state university system to ban smoking. You may not light up anywhere on campus, or in off-campus school facilities.

Keck Medicine of USC acquires Verdugo Hills Hospital

USC adds Verdugo Hills Hospital to its lineup of medical facilities. Neither the school nor the hospital would disclose the purchase price.

A guide to what those high hospital prices mean

Experts say most of us don't need to worry about exorbitant "sticker prices" for some hospital procedures. Only a small portion of the uninsured need to negotiate.

UPDATE: I-5 closures to remain in place for Monday commute

All northbound and some southbound lanes of the I-5 will remain closed for Monday morning's commute after a fiery tanker crash burned a section of the road Saturday.

Natural History Museum's 'Becoming Los Angeles' exhibit opens

The 14,000-square-foot exhibit encourages visitors to interact with multi-media displays set around artifacts instrumental in shaping modern Los Angeles.