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
The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.
Getting the young and healthy to buy health insurance is essential to the success of the Affordable Care Act, many believe.
Small businesses are not required to buy insurance under Obamacare, but California will offer a marketplace designed to provide cheaper insurance alternatives.
A hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign that features people suffering the health consequences of smoking may have persuaded many to quit, study says.
Nurse practitioners in California must continue to work under direct doctor supervision following defeat of proposed law, SB 491.
"Laura's Law" might have helped Samantha Lamberg get treatment for husband Erik's bipolar disorder. A bill on Gov. Brown's desk might speed adoption of the law.
The 15-month-long campaign of television and radio commercials is aimed at California's uninsured residents.
Class action lawsuit accuses health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of illegally denying coverage to treat policyholders with eating disorders.
Two surgery centers once affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN campaign have lost their accreditation, and a third faces increased scrutiny.
San Francisco is demanding Nevada reimburse California for care given to poor, mentally-ill patients allegedly booted out of a psychiatric hospital. Read the letters here.
A RAND study says the one-year delay in the "employer mandate" will cause minimal disruption to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The two bills, sponsored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), are meant to address a shortage of doctors in advance of January's launch of the Affordable Care Act.
Study find Patient Safety First initiative lowered rate of hospital-generated infections, which sicken an estimated 200,000 California hospital patients.
Covered California announces six companies that will provide small business health insurance through the state-run marketplace.
Cal State Fullerton becomes the first in the state university system to ban smoking. You may not light up anywhere on campus, or in off-campus school facilities.