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

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.

FAQ: What the heck do all of those health insurance terms mean?

Buying health insurance means assessing premiums, copays, deductibles, coinsurance, and actuarial value. How many of us understand what they are?

The 6 most frequently-asked questions about Covered California answered (Video)

Health experts met at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum to mull through some of the finer points of the new law and shed some light on what that means for California.

Obamacare: When canceled health insurance leads to a better policy

Public debate has focused on canceled policies and higher premiums, but some Californians will pay less with new plans that provide more coverage and lower deductibles.

California asks health insurers to extend policies (updated)

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking health insurance companies to maintain individual insurance policies through 2014 after President Obama extended the deadline.

60,000 Californians have chosen an Obamacare health plan so far

Lee said that 31,000 selected a health plan in October, with another 29,000 choosing one since then. That's more than 2,000 a day picking a plan so far in November.

Obamacare FAQ: 8 things to know about employer open enrollment in 2013

Open enrollment is that time of year when people with job-based health insurance are allowed to make changes to their coverage. Get the most out of yours this season.

Four SoCal hospitals fined for jeopardizing patients

The state fines nine California hospitals a total of $775,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of patients. Two violations led to patient deaths.