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

Some Californians have to pay back Obamacare subsidies

About half of those who received subsidies to help pay for their health insurance must pay a portion of it back, according to a study and tax preparers' statistics.

LAPD's mental health unit praised as model for nation

The LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit offers a path for police departments to defuse encounters with mentally ill people on the street. New L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell is taking note.

FAQ: LAPD's multiple layers of mental health training

There's training in the academy, additional training for officers on Skid Row, and a week-long voluntary intensive that includes role playing exercises.

Why are some being switched from private health plans to Medi-Cal?

Notices sent to consumers that their income has dropped to a level that requires they switch to Medi-Cal are based at times on outdated tax information.

Alcohol poisoning kills 6 Americans every day, CDC says

Alcohol poisoning is mainly caused by binge drinking, which is often associated with young people. But most of those killed by alcohol poisoning are middle-aged white men.

New Year's weight loss: Should you take a TV doctor's advice?

At least one new study suggests advice from daytime docs isn't always backed by science — or worse, contradicts it.

Another topic for the holiday table: brain health

A campaign urges Americans to discuss brain health with their older relatives this holiday season.

Californians signing up for health insurance at a robust pace

Nearly 145,000 signed up for plans in the first month of open enrollment; more than the number who signed up in the first two months last year.

Covered California extends deadline for Jan. 1 health plans

Those who have started the enrollment process by Dec. 15 now have until Dec. 21 to finish for plans that take effect Jan. 1.

Monday is deadline to buy Jan. 1 health plans

The Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period runs through Feb. 15. But Dec. 15 is the deadline for Jan. 1 policies.

Californians enrolling in private health plans at faster rate

Nearly 50,000 Californians have enrolled in private health insurance plans in the first 19 days of the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period.

Hospital safety improvements have saved lives and money, HHS says

Improvements in hospital safety nationwide saved 50,000 lives and about $12 billion in a three-year period, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Calif. medical leaders join to boost health plan enrollment

More than a dozen leading health provider groups launch a campaign to promote Covered California's second open enrollment period.

Too many are getting unnecessary prostate treatment, UCLA study says

A UCLA study finds many prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of less than ten years are receiving overly aggressive treatment.

Too many HIV-positive Americans going untreated, CDC says

Widespread HIV testing and treatment of all who test positive are key to slowing the spread of the disease nationwide, the agency says,