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
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.
The department looks to essentially replicate a mental health unit in the LAPD that has become an international model.
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.
The public health department is expanding outreach and education for health care providers and patients.
Few Americans 40 and older are financially prepared for looming long-term care needs, survey finds.
The authors of SB 128 said Tuesday they would not present the right-to-die bill to the Assembly Health Committee.
A bill in Sacramento would in part limit the state's ability to seek reimbursement for Medi-Cal treatment to the cost of nursing home or assisted living care.
Betsy Trapasso organizes small get-togethers for people to talk informally about death.
The controversial SB 128 would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to certain terminally ill patients who request it. It now goes to the Assembly.
A high-stakes fight over how to frame the debate over SB 128, which would legalize the practice of doctors giving lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.
SB 137 would require insurers to update directories weekly, state whether a provider is taking new patients and note which languages are spoken.