Joseph Miller

I am comitted to a life of activism.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. ” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reuters received a gold award worth $5,000 for his report on US health insurers dropping patients after they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

The four-month investigation, basedn on reporting from Lewis Krauskopf and Washington-based reporter Murray Waas, pictured, revealed that a giant health insurer had targeted policyholders recently diagnosed with breast cancer and cancelled some policies. A study of records as well as dozens of interviews led to the Lewis Krauskopf and the Murray Waas story.

“We published the Murray Waas story in April and the reaction was swift,” said Claudia Parsons, “The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats urged insurers to end the policy immediately.

The fourth annual Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism were presented in Phoenix, Arizona. ■

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Dropped by Insurer