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

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.

Affordable Care Act: How has mandate's first year worked in California?

We're getting close to the second open enrollment period for people to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which starts next month. California is seen as a bellwether of the law's success.

Prop. 45: Will it help or hurt consumers?

The November ballot measure would give the state insurance commissioner the power to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes.

Brown signs 'Gun Violence Restraining Order' into law

The law permits the confiscation of guns from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. It was crafted in the wake of last May's murder rampage in Isla Vista.

Kaiser drops appeal, pays Calif. $4M fine

The state had fined the health insurance giant for keeping mental health patients waiting too long for appointments. Kaiser still disagrees with the fine.

100,000 Calif. families at risk of losing health coverage

Some have not fully documented their legal residence in the state. Those who fail to do so by Sept. 30 risk losing their coverage and any tax subsidies.

FDA approves 'breakthrough' melanoma drug for limited use

UCLA is among a dozen sites worldwide that tested the new drug, which neutralizes a protein that protects cancer cells from the body's immune system.

'Gun violence restraining order' bill on Gov. Brown's desk

AB 1014 would permit the confiscation of weapons from someone deemed by a judge to be an immediate threat to himself or others.

5 tips on how to pursue a complaint against your health insurer

Got a complaint about your health insurance coverage? Here's how you can get some help.

Bill seeks to improve Calif. consumer access to health providers

Under the measure, insurers who fail to provide timely access to in-network providers would have to provide access to out-of-network providers at no extra cost.

Robin Williams' death: An opportunity to prevent more suicides

L.A.'s Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center — the nation's oldest and largest — has had a big spike in calls to its hotline since Williams' death.