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

CA fines Anthem for violating customers' grievance rights

The $415,000 fine covers 83 violations. They include failure to resolve an enrollee’s grievance and failure to adequately explain the reason for denying treatment.

LA County may force pharma to fund drug, sharps disposal

L.A. County Supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require pharmaceutical firms to fund the nation’s largest drug and needle take-back program.

Covered California wants everyone to have a primary care doctor

PPO plans, which don't require primary care referrals to see specialists, now must assign members a primary care doctor — but members don't have to use them.

California considers a free hotline — for assisted suicide

A bill that would create a phone line with information about the state's new physician-assisted suicide law clears its first legislative hurdle.

Can the air in Porter Ranch homes pass the test?

Health officials want to know why 62 percent of Porter Ranch households surveyed report headaches, nausea and other problems even though the gas leak is capped.

Another try to block 'surprise' medical bills

A proposed bill would limit how much patients can be charged when they're unknowingly treated by a provider outside of their network.

Kaiser's new medical school will be in Pasadena

Kaiser will tear down one of its office buildings to make way for the school. The company chose Pasadena because it's a culturally diverse, "livable city."

Door-to-door Porter Ranch health survey starts Thursday

County health workers will be visiting homes in Porter Ranch to survey residents about any ongoing health problems associated with the massive gas leak.

Ventura County adopts 'Laura's Law' program

The law will help ensure those with severe mental illness get treatment. Ventura County becomes the 13th in California to fully adopt the program

Malibu's toxic test case heads to court

The discovery of high levels of toxic PCBs at Malibu schools has touched off political and legal fights over how the school district should handle the problem.

Did the Porter Ranch gas leak cause long-term health damage?

Experts say answering that question won't be easy, partly because there haven't been similar leaks of this size and duration in a large suburban area.

How officials are testing Porter Ranch air

Experts are uncertain about the long-term health affects of some of the chemicals that have leaked. Here's how officials are monitoring the air around the gas leak.

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.