Health insurance is the talk of the campaign trail, with every candidate and interest group touting plans to insure America. Millions have insurance, millions more don't, and many can't afford it. Some who have insurance, aren't getting much for it.
The Blade's investigative team set out to examine whether patients are getting the care their doctors ordered. We found some people with health insurance were harmed because insurers interfered. Whether prescriptions, medical tests, or surgery, dozens of doctors told The Blade insurers overruled their decisions, and patients suffered.
We cast a wide net in conducting this investigation, interviewing about 100 doctors in a dozen states and surveying hundreds more about their experiences with insurers. We spoke to insurance executives, health care lawyers, academics, and lawmakers.
Most important, we spoke to patients.
Steve Eder, 26, is an investigative reporter with The Blade. Since joining the newspaper in 2004, he has worked on The Blade's "Coingate" investigation and its "Without Warning" plant-closing project. The reporting that uncovered Ohio's rare-coin scandal resulted in The Blade being named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Julie M. McKinnon, 40, is The Blade's health-care reporter. She has covered the auto industry and health-care industry in Toledo for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Toledo.
Jeremy Wadsworth, 32, has been a Blade photographer for nine years. A graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communications, he has won various awards in the Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest.
Dave Murray, 53, The Blade's special assignments editor, is project editor.