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

LA's Death Café seeks to end a taboo

Betsy Trapasso organizes small get-togethers for people to talk informally about death.

Calif. Senate approves physician-assisted suicide bill

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.

'Assisted suicide' or 'aid in dying?' The semantic battle over SB 128

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.

State Senate clears bill requiring improved health provider directories

SB 137 would require insurers to update directories weekly, state whether a provider is taking new patients and note which languages are spoken.

Calif. Assembly votes to end 'surprise' medical bills

AB 533 would protect those who get care at a facility in their insurance network but receive some services from an out-of-network provider.

Palliative care doctors mixed on CMA assisted suicide policy shift

The California Medical Association is now neutral on a bill that would legalize the practice in the state. Some palliative care doctors approve; others don't.

Knowing how doctors die may help patients at end of life

A 2014 Stanford survey found 88 percent of doctors said they would not want aggressive treatment or resuscitation if facing a terminal disease.

Assisted suicide advocates take their fight to the courts

Compassion & Choices, which is lobbying for an assisted suicide bill in Sacramento, files suit claiming California's ban on the practice violates the state constitution.

Many haven't gotten recommended cancer screenings

About 20 percent of U.S. women have not gotten a cervical cancer screening, and roughly 25 percent have not gotten a breast cancer screening, according to the CDC.

Narrow networks don't affect quality of care, study says

Health policies sold through Covered California have narrow provider networks but have not compromised quality, according to study in "Health Affairs."

Some brokers encounter hard times under the Affordable Care Act

Brokers who help consumers find health insurance say they're working harder but earning less. A survey says nearly half have considered quitting the business.

Procrastinators have until April 30 to buy health insurance

Those who get in under the extended deadline will still face a pro-rated 2015 tax penalty for only having coverage for part of the year.

Mental illness stigma leads many to hide their condition, study says

A RAND survey of Californians who have experienced psychological distress finds most say they have experienced discrimination and prejudice because of their condition.

Morning sickness linked to developmental issues, study says

A UCLA-USC study finds children born to mothers who experienced severe morning sickness are three times more likely to be born with neurodevelopmental problems.

Terminally ill mom says assisted suicide is a bad idea

Despite her terminal illness, Stephanie Packer says she won't consider physician-assisted suicide and believes California should not legalize it.