Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Some Georgia counties to lose Blue Cross coverage under Obamacare
 With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...

Posted: 3 hours ago

With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...
Pharmacy ‘gag clause’ bills sponsored by Georgia’s Carter signed into law
 President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...

Posted: 7 days ago

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...
What you need to know before Georgia’s voter registration deadline
 Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...
Days to go before deadline, Georgia DDS voter registration crashes
 Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...

Posted: 12 days ago

Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...
Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in U.S., worse now
 Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...

Posted: 19 days ago

Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...
Doctors: Blue Cross denied hundreds in Georgia coverage for ER bills
 Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...

Posted: 20 days ago

Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...
Newborns infected with syphilis skyrocket; Georgia cases rise slightly
 The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...

Posted: 22 days ago

The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...
Some Georgia counties are a bright patch in black health disparities
 There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...

Posted: 23 days ago

There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...
Trump administration gives grant for Georgia to fight opioid abuse
 Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...

Posted: 27 days ago

Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...
Administration switches Obamacare “navigator” funding to small charity
 With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...

11:24 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...
Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor
 Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...

8:37 PM Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...





Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Some Georgia counties to lose Blue Cross coverage under Obamacare
 With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...

Posted: 3 hours ago

With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...
Pharmacy ‘gag clause’ bills sponsored by Georgia’s Carter signed into law
 President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...

Posted: 7 days ago

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...
What you need to know before Georgia’s voter registration deadline
 Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...
Days to go before deadline, Georgia DDS voter registration crashes
 Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...

Posted: 12 days ago

Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...
Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in U.S., worse now
 Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...

Posted: 19 days ago

Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...
Doctors: Blue Cross denied hundreds in Georgia coverage for ER bills
 Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...

Posted: 20 days ago

Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...
Newborns infected with syphilis skyrocket; Georgia cases rise slightly
 The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...

Posted: 22 days ago

The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...
Some Georgia counties are a bright patch in black health disparities
 There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...

Posted: 23 days ago

There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...
Trump administration gives grant for Georgia to fight opioid abuse
 Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...

Posted: 27 days ago

Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...
Administration switches Obamacare “navigator” funding to small charity
 With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...

11:24 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...
Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor
 Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...

8:37 PM Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...





Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Some Georgia counties to lose Blue Cross coverage under Obamacare
 With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...

Posted: 3 hours ago

With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. Bob Roberts, a radio announcer in Vidalia, thought it was just a renewal letter, he said. “But it wasn’t.” &ldquo...
Pharmacy ‘gag clause’ bills sponsored by Georgia’s Carter signed into law
 President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...

Posted: 7 days ago

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress. Up to now, large companies were allowed to include clauses in their contracts with pharmacists...
What you need to know before Georgia’s voter registration deadline
 Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s deadline to register to vote is just days away, this Tuesday, Oct. 9. Passion is surging on all sides, with all campaigns looking to get folks who haven’t voted in a while — or maybe never voted at all — to turn out and vote for them. In the midst of it all, on Friday one important voter registration agency...
Days to go before deadline, Georgia DDS voter registration crashes
 Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...

Posted: 12 days ago

Just days before Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in Georgia, all voter registration shut down for nearly the entire day Friday at every Department of Driver Services location in the state. The department said its software operator, the global corporation IDEMIA, had taken full responsibility for the failure. David Connell, the...
Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in U.S., worse now
 Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...

Posted: 19 days ago

Eight years ago the human rights organization Amnesty International declared a “maternal health care crisis in the U.S.A.” and said worst of all was the state of Georgia. National health organizations reached out. Shaken Georgia leaders mobilized, passed legislation, and created a task force and pilot projects. And things have...
Doctors: Blue Cross denied hundreds in Georgia coverage for ER bills
 Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...

Posted: 20 days ago

Hundreds of Blue Cross policyholders in Georgia have been stuck with emergency room bills after the company decided they shouldn’t have gone to the emergency room and denied them coverage, according to doctors who testified Thursday at a state hearing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia instituted the policy for individual policyholders...
Newborns infected with syphilis skyrocket; Georgia cases rise slightly
 The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...

Posted: 22 days ago

The number of babies born with syphilis they got from their mothers has more than doubled since 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, with some of the worst numbers coming from Southern states. Syphilis during pregnancy is easily cured with the right antibiotics, the CDC said. So the problem speaks to...
Some Georgia counties are a bright patch in black health disparities
 There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...

Posted: 23 days ago

There’s a sweet spot for African-American health outcomes, and it’s in Georgia. Usually, African-Americans tend to have worse-than-average health outcomes, driven by a number of factors. A new report by U.S. News and World Report and the Aetna Foundation backs that up. Looking at the health statistics of counties and...
Trump administration gives grant for Georgia to fight opioid abuse
 Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...

Posted: 27 days ago

Georgia this week received $29.3 million to treat opioid addiction, intended to fund medication-assisted treatments as well as mental health services combined with substance use treatment. Congress approved the money in March, and the Trump administration is distributing it. The Georgia grants are part of $1 billion that the administration...
Administration switches Obamacare “navigator” funding to small charity
 With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...

11:24 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

With open enrollment for Obamacare plans seven weeks away, the Trump administration has de-funded largest “navigator” organization in the state that helps people to enroll. Instead, after cutting Georgia’s navigator allotment from $1.4 million to $499,000 and changing the rules to allow fewer grantees, the administration...
Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor
 Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...

8:37 PM Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs. She also invoked Georgia’s...