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

Anthem Blue Cross to pay $6M in settlement over paper bill fee

Anthem Blue Cross policyholders will receive partial reimbursements for a $2 monthly fee imposed for paper bills. The company still denies any wrongdoing.

Kaiser Permanente fined $4 million over mental health care

The California Department of Managed Health Care has fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million for failure to provide timely mental health care to patients.

Six companies to offer pediatric dental plans on Covered California

The state-run insurance marketplace will offer consumers ten dental plans through six companies when enrollment opens this fall.

Pharmacists would be allowed to provide more care under SB493

A proposed California law would let pharmacists prescribe smoking-cessation drugs, administer routine vaccines and order certain tests without a doctor's supervision.

California faces unique obstacles in implementing Affordable Care Act

As KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill tells us, California still faces challenges in implementing the law, including some that are unique to the Golden State.

Three SoCal hospitals fined for jeopardizing patient safety

The state public health department fines ten California hospitals, including three in LA and Ventura counties, for jeopardizing patients..

Sidewalk CPR Day will teach you how to save a life

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 360,000 in the US each year. You can learn how to save a cardiac arrest victim with CPR at LA County's Sidewalk CPR Day.

Healthy living aids memory, no matter your age

Eating well, exercise and not smoking may help stave off milder memory problems throughout adult life, according to a large-scale UCLA study.

Horses help heal the wounds of combat with equine-assisted therapy

Horses help veterans and active-duty soldiers process PTSD in a way that traditional talk therapy can't.

Judge: Some key health workers can't strike against UCLA, UC Irvine (PDF)

A Superior Court judge limits which workers can join the 48-hour strike against the five UC Medical Centers. The walkout is set to start 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Study: older, sicker men may want to avoid prostate cancer treatment

A longitudinal study hopes to help doctors better identify those patients who should avoid aggressive prostate cancer treatments.

State gives grants to explain new health exchange to Californians

The state is handing out $37 million in grants to 48 organizations to educate Californians about how to sign up for health insurance with the new statewide exchange.

Campaign says acting 'FAST' is key to surviving strokes

May is stroke awareness month. The American Heart Association is promoting its "Spot a Stroke FAST" campaign to help you identify the common signs of stroke.

Federal government releases data comparing hospital bills

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues a list of prices for 100 procedures at 3,300 U.S. hospitals. Critics say the information just confuses the issue.

Breeders' Cup backs away from plan to expand Lasix ban

The Breeders' Cup World Championships banned Lasix for two-year-olds, and planned to expand it to all ages. But the race's leaders decided not to expand the ban.