by KAREN CARMICHAEL
From AJR, American Journalism Review
Two months after its launch, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund published the story of Benjamin French, a 12-year-old from Michigan who was born without part of his right arm. His family's insurance provider, a Teamsters health plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, had refused to cover his most recent prosthesis because he had reached his lifetime maximum benefit of $30,000. Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow read from the story on the Senate floor during a debate over health care reform.
"The goal of nonprofit journalism like this is to create impact in the world," Investigative Fund Executive Director Nick Penniman says. "We managed to affect both the debate and one person's life."
For more information on Tides project Huffington Post Investigative Fund, see huffpostfund.org.