Journalism Grants

Funding For:

Exploring the Consumer Impact of Consolidation

Health Care Coverage / Prescription Drugs


The Columbus Dispatch

Grant Period:

Nov 25, 2019 - Dec 31, 2021



Summary of the Project:

Building off of previous award-winning work, this national project will investigate mergers surrounding the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry and the impact on consumers. This multimedia investigation will include data visualizations, video, podcasts and print reporting.

About the Grantee:

Established in 1871, The Columbus Dispatch is a daily regional newspaper. The reporters working on this project won a NIHCM Award in 2019 for their year-long investigation on the drug-supply chain, which prompted the state of Ohio to revamp their Medicaid contracts with PBMs.

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Patient navigator battles PBMs, insurers to get drugs people need

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Author: Darrel Rowland

June 14, 2021

Doctors: Decisions by PBMs make vital drugs unaffordable for many patients

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Author: Darrel Rowland

June 13, 2021

Rules block patients from counting thousands in drug discounts toward health insurance deductible

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Author: Darrel Rowland

January 29, 2021

Soaring insulin prices show how the US is losing the battle against high drug costs

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Author: Darrel Rowland