Stephanie O'Neill Health Care Correspondent
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
The bills cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs; require more accurate provider directories; and require per-individual deductibles in family plans.
Under the new law, certain terminally ill patients can request that their doctors provide them with a prescription for lethal medication.
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.
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.
The initiative is one of 13 state-sponsored pilots in California that expand paramedics' roles in an effort to increase the quality of care while reducing costs.
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.
A USC report says that big growth spurt underscores the need to address Latinos' public health issues, particularly the high rate of diabetes.
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.
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.
The bank will offer induced pluripotent stem cells, which - like embryonic stem cells - can be programmed to morph into any type of cell.
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.
The measure had passed the Senate but stalled in the Assembly. Its backers have reintroduced it in the special session on health issues.
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.
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.
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.