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

27 percent fewer Californians lack health insurance, new data shows

The Census Bureau says from 2013 to 2014, the number of uninsured in the state fell from about 6.5 million to just under 4.8 million.

State on verge of population explosion of older Latinos

A USC report says that big growth spurt underscores the need to address Latinos' public health issues, particularly the high rate of diabetes.

Medi-Cal asset recovery bill shelved until 2016

Sen. Ed Hernandez' office says he made his measure a two-year bill to buy time to craft a version Gov. Brown will be more likely to embrace.

California lawmakers approve assisted suicide legislation

Lawmakers in the state Assembly voted 43-34 after a lengthy and emotional debate during which many lawmakers invoked their religious faith in arguing for and against the legislation.

New Calif. stem cell bank seeks to spur disease research

The bank will offer induced pluripotent stem cells, which - like embryonic stem cells - can be programmed to morph into any type of cell.

Pilot program uses paramedics to try to cut ER overcrowding

Under the pilot, paramedics will be able to offer adult patients with less serious conditions the choice of going to an urgent care center instead of an ER.

California lawmakers revive assisted suicide bill

The measure had passed the Senate but stalled in the Assembly. Its backers have reintroduced it in the special session on health issues.

More than 100 SoCal hospitals hit with readmission penalties

But the penalties are slightly lower than last year's, and about half of the national average. The fines are part of Obamacare's effort to improve patient care.

As Medicare turns 50, the Lee family recalls its key role

Drs. Philip and Peter Lee pushed hard for Medicare. Philip helped implement it as an assistant secretary of health. Peter's son, Peter Lee Jr., is the head of Covered California.

Covered California plan rates to rise an average of 4 percent

The agency says because its enrollees are among "the healthiest in the country," insurers lowered their 2016 premiums overall, leading to a lower average rise.

LA Sheriff plans dramatic expansion of mental health policing

The department looks to essentially replicate a mental health unit in the LAPD that has become an international model.

Scant opposition to Medicare plan to pay doctors for end-of-life talks

The idea was dropped in 2009 after Sarah Palin claimed incorrectly that it would lead to "death panels." Six years later, Medicare is poised to adopt it.

County health officials respond to rise in congenital syphilis

The public health department is expanding outreach and education for health care providers and patients.

Many not able to pay for long-term care, study finds

Few Americans 40 and older are financially prepared for looming long-term care needs, survey finds.

California physician-assisted suicide bill stalls (updated)

The authors of SB 128 said Tuesday they would not present the right-to-die bill to the Assembly Health Committee.