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

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.

Health insurance open enrollment 3.0: What you need to know

Buying health insurance for the first time? Want to switch plans? We have the answers to your questions.

Should doctors on professional probation have to notify their patients?

Consumers Union has filed a petition with the Medical Board of California asking it to require doctors on probation to tell their patients. The Board votes Friday.

Covered California: Many uninsured still unaware of financial help

The state's health insurance exchange says more than one out of three who are still uninsured don't know they're eligible for federal subsidies.

More than half of California's uninsured qualify for assistance

A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Census data finds more than 2 million uninsured Californians are eligible for Medi-Cal or federal tax credits.

Governor signs strictest livestock antibiotics bill in US

The new law, signed on Saturday, will restrict antibiotic use to sick animals only. This limits when and how these medications can be used in meat production.

Brown signs health bills intended to protect consumers

The bills cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs; require more accurate provider directories; and require per-individual deductibles in family plans.

California governor signs controversial assisted suicide legislation (updated)

Under the new law, certain terminally ill patients can request that their doctors provide them with a prescription for lethal medication.

Many community health clinics lack dental care, study finds

UCLA's study of 900 clinics serving low-income adults and children finds about 60 percent of the facilities don't have dental services on site.

LA ambulance firms file many questionable Medicare bills, audit finds

A federal audit finds $200 million in questionable bills nationwide in the first half of 2012, with half that amount coming from the L.A. area and three other cities.