• An Emmy for exposing red tape

    Apr 28, 2016     Matt Belanger   0 Comment     Uncategorized

    I was honored with an Emmy Award for my report about government red tape hampering my attempt to investigate abuse of Pennsylvania’s welfare system. It's a popular refrain for candidates running for office to promise to eliminate abuse in the welfare system--but just how much is there? I set out to determine just how much abuse there was. However, the state denied my open records request for even the most generic transactional information. Instead ...

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  • Legislative response to investigation into Medicaid

    Apr 28, 2016     Matt Belanger   0 Comment     Uncategorized

    One of the most rewarding parts of being a journalist is getting results. My recent investigation uncovered how Georgia’s zero-tolerance policy regarding Medicaid fraud was inadvertently threatening to shutter facilities for the disabled on account of clerical errors. I filed several reports about facilities facing huge fines for small errors that had nothing to do with fraud. The situation was compounded but the fact there were nearly 8,000 disabl...

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  • Uncovering fraud

    Apr 28, 2016     Matt Belanger   0 Comment     Uncategorized

    Often, the most important story ideas come from the viewers themselves. I received an email from a viewer asking for help with her high water bill--but that’s not what caught my attention. She told me that county government worker was asking her for cash payments at her door in exchange for keeping her water service connected. My investigation uncovered this employee was scamming county water customers with high balances and pocketing their hard-...

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