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
New numbers released by Covered California show the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act exceeded expectations.
Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.
More than 70,000 enrolled in health plans through Covered California between April 1-9, according to the agency's executive director.
The crush is stressing the agency's website; some applicants may be logged off and told to come back another day to finish enrolling by April 15.
The pace of flu-related deaths is declining. Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.
The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for some to retire early, and for others to quit unfulfilling jobs to strike out on their own.
Officials expect a surge in the number of Americans enrolling in health plans as the March 31st deadline nears.
State Senator Ted Gaines — who is running for insurance commissioner — says Covered California broke the law.
The USC study found that adults 50-65 who consume high amounts of animal protein are four times more likely to die from cancer compared with those who eat less.
The state reports 15 cases so far this year, compared with two at this time last year. At least seven of the victims were intentionally not vaccinated.
The rate of deaths is dropping, bolstering state officials' belief that the epidemic is winding down.
Covered California officials say 28 percent of those who signed up in January were Latino; the percentage was under 20 percent for the previous three months.
State Senator Norma Torres says Covered California needs a bigger board with broader expertise to better address website, customer service, and outreach problems.
Trying to limit election-year damage on health care, the Obama administration Monday granted business groups another delay in a much-criticized requirement that larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
Covered California’s beleaguered doctor-finder tool is removed from site until officials can be assured it is accurate.