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

5 tips to avoid poisoning your dinner guests this Thanksgiving

Here are some easy tips to keep you from inviting food poisoning to your Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

US seniors sicker than those in other nations, study says

U.S. adults 65 and older are sicker and less able to access and pay for needed medical care than those in ten other high-income nations, the survey shows.

Fix inaccurate provider directories, state tells Anthem, Blue Shield

The insurance giants have taken steps to correct the problems, but the state says they must do more or face possible penalties.

FAQ: Covered California's next open enrollment begins Saturday

The second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2015.

FAQ: What you need to know about employee health insurance open enrollment

Don't miss out on your employer's annual health care open enrollment period, which typically happens in the fall.

Alzheimer's costs could hit $1.5 trillion a year by 2050, study says

A USC study predicts the number of Alzheimer’s patients will more than double by 2050, and that costs associated with their care will nearly quintuple.

AARP, Ad Council launch outreach effort to Latino caregivers

AARP and the Ad Council unveil public service announcements directing Latino caregivers to resources and other support.

Skin cancer treatment costs soar in US, CDC study says

The CDC finds more people are getting skin cancer, and the cost of treating it outpaces the costs of treating any other cancer.

Small business health premiums will rise 5.2 percent statewide

Firms with 50 or fewer employees can buy insurance through Covered California, but they are not required to under the Affordable Care Act.

Videos aim to clarify tough choices on end-of-life care

A Harvard doctor's videos let patients see what aggressive intervention entails, enabling them to make more informed choices about their care.

Elderly's informal caregivers' labor worth billions, study says

Elderly Americans who need long-term care get it mainly from unpaid family and friends. A RAND study says that work is worth more than $520 billion a year.

Medicare open enrollment: What you need to know

Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7. You have questions, we have answers: About Original Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, and more.

Yellow Fever Mosquitoes arrive in LA County

The aggressive new mosquito can carry tropical disease viruses and is a daytime biter.

Blocking malpractice suits doesn't slow 'defensive medicine,' study says

Laws that make it much harder to sue doctors for malpractice may not reduce the use of expensive, unnecessary procedures, the RAND study finds.

Nearly 90K families no longer risk losing health insurance

Covered California says it has validated the legal residence of most of the families that had previously failed to prove their lawful status.