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

Testosterone topicals tied to heart attack risk for some men

Highly-popular treatments to increase testosterone in men may pose a health risk to some, a UCLA study finds.

Obamacare: Consumers frustrated when their doctor is not in their plan

Some consumers who've enrolled in health plans sold through Covered California are finding fewer provider choices than they expected.

More extensions of Covered California payment deadlines

Five of the six insurers offering policies in southern California through Covered California give their customers additional time to pay for Jan. 1 policies.

Covered California enrollment surged again in December

Nearly 500,000 Californians signed up for health insurance from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Are your cosmetics a health risk? Find out here

A new searchable state website allows consumers to look for ingredients that may cause cancer or reproductive harm.

South LA residents worried about oil drilling in area

Hundreds of people showed up for a community meeting to express their concern about new wells that have been approved for the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

Obamacare: What to do if you don't have an insurance card yet

The California Hospital Association lays out the steps you can take if you have enrolled but not yet received a bill or an insurance card.

Obamacare: New Year's Day brings huge changes in US health care

Significant consumer protections come with the requirement that nearly every American must have health insurance.

Pre-existing insurance program extended for one month

People in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan who missed the deadline to buy private insurance starting Jan. 1 can keep the coverage one more month.

Signature gathering can begin for abortion initiative

California minors may face restrictions, including required parental notification, if new initiative makes it to the ballot and becomes law.

Covered California 'grace period' for health insurance ends Friday (updated)

Spokesman for California's health exchange: "at this late stage, consumers will need to phone in their enrollment information."

So you've signed up for health insurance. Now what?

Your first bill should arrive by January 1st; if you don't get it by then, call your insurer. You have to pay by January 6th.

Brokers' tips for navigating Covered California before Dec. 23

For those doing the last-minute shuffle to buy health insurance before Monday's deadline, seven tips that might help.

Covered California won't extend premium deadline to Jan. 10

Covered California said Wednesday it would not go along with a decision by the largest insurance trade group to give consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 until Jan. 10 to pay their first month's premium.

Covered California adjusts to handle enrollment surge

Covered California's chief says the agency will work "24-7" through Dec. 23 to help everyone who wants health insurance by Jan. 1 to get it.