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 gives procrastinators a break

The original deadline to buy a health plan or switch plans for 2016 was Sunday at midnight. Now those who get started by then will have another week.

Few discuss memory problems during checkups

Data from more than 10,000 people with memory loss or confusion showed that only one in four discussed cognitive issues with their doctor.

Bill would force health insurers to tell you about 'unreasonable' rates

When regulators conclude a rate hike is too high, they can post it online. But the group backing the bill says it's too hard to find that information.

LA County expands air monitoring at Porter Ranch gas leak

Testing will now be round the clock. It will include the measurement of other chemicals that occur in natural gas, such as radon.

Still no health insurance? Tax penalties for 2016 going up

An uninsured individual who doesn't qualify for an exemption will owe $695 or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is greater.

Glendale paramedics make house calls to cut readmissions

Under the pilot program, paramedics make house calls to people with congestive heart failure within 72 hours of their hospital discharge.

Calif. stem cell agency approves 5-year strategic plan

The plan calls for accelerating the agency's development of potential stem cell therapies.

CA stem cell agency poised to accelerate research efforts

The board of governors of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine are set to vote on an aggressive five-year strategic plan on Thursday.

Using paramedics to help hospice patients avoid unwanted care

A pilot project in Ventura County has trained paramedics to assess whether or not hospice patients need to go to the hospital.

Many don't follow prostate cancer 'active surveillance' protocol

Most patients who opt for the "watch and wait" approach to less-serious prostate cancer fail to get essential follow-up care, a UCLA study finds.

Study finds tone of voice can help predict marital fate

The tone of voice you and your partner use with each other is a key to determining whether your relationship will get better or worse, USC researchers find.

Kaiser program brings hospital care to the patient's home

Inland Empire initiative lets some patients with pneumonia, congestive heart failure or cellulitis the option of receiving care at home instead of in the hospital.

LA County looks to make drug firms pay for disposal of old meds, needles

A draft county ordinance would require companies to pay for collection and disposal of old or unused prescription drugs and needles in people's homes.

Suit claims California fails to correct nursing home misconduct

A consumer group says the state is failing to enforce orders that nursing homes readmit residents on Medi-Cal who had to temporarily leave for hospital care.

Doctors on professional probation don't have to tell patients, California says

The Medical Board of California rejects the proposal from Consumers Union. But it sets up a task force to continue studying the issue.