A series of 11 investigative reports on Medicaid dental centers
WCNC-TV’s investigative team uncovered a chain of dentists who exploited the Medicaid system by over-treating young children, drilling and capping as many as 16 baby teeth at one time. The news team initially found children who were subjected to the frightening treatments while their parents or caretakers were kept in the lobby. Then the team followed the money trial and analyzed a database of Medicaid dental payments in North Carolina to prove how the dental group systematically profited from these traumatic procedures. The series led to Medicaid policy changes in North Carolina and Colorado.
Stuart Watson, reporter; Rick Yarborough, producer; Stephanie Johnson, photojournalist; Mary Alvarez, executive producer; Keith Connors, news director.