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

Blue Cross and Piedmont have a 'handshake deal,' Gov. Deal says
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...
Hospital thought it had answer for rural struggles. Now it’s in peril.
 On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...

Posted: 7 days ago

On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...
Talks resume in Blue Cross-Piedmont Healthcare contract break
 It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...
Final count: 2018 Georgia Obamacare enrollment dip less than expected
 The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...
State will help cover workers’ extra costs in Piedmont-Blue Cross spat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...
Healthcare standoff leaves 500,000 patients in limbo
 Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...

Posted: 19 days ago

Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...
Blue Cross Georgia-Piedmont Healthcare dispute grows grim
 Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...

Posted: 22 days ago

Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...
Poll: drug companies too powerful
 Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...
Language to free Georgia nursing board passes Senate again in new bill
 A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...

Posted: 24 days ago

A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...
Georgia Senate agrees to let domestic violence victims break leases
 The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...



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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

Blue Cross and Piedmont have a 'handshake deal,' Gov. Deal says
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...
Hospital thought it had answer for rural struggles. Now it’s in peril.
 On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...

Posted: 7 days ago

On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...
Talks resume in Blue Cross-Piedmont Healthcare contract break
 It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...
Final count: 2018 Georgia Obamacare enrollment dip less than expected
 The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...
State will help cover workers’ extra costs in Piedmont-Blue Cross spat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...
Healthcare standoff leaves 500,000 patients in limbo
 Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...

Posted: 19 days ago

Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...
Blue Cross Georgia-Piedmont Healthcare dispute grows grim
 Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...

Posted: 22 days ago

Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...
Poll: drug companies too powerful
 Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...
Language to free Georgia nursing board passes Senate again in new bill
 A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...

Posted: 24 days ago

A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...
Georgia Senate agrees to let domestic violence victims break leases
 The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...





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

Blue Cross and Piedmont have a 'handshake deal,' Gov. Deal says
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a deal, Gov. Nathan Deal said on Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” Deal on Tuesday tweeted that he would “initiate executive action” if the two companies did not resolve their dispute by “close of business&rdquo...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont have a ‘handshake deal’
 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...

Posted: 3 days ago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare have struck a deal to renew their contract, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday. The governor in a tweet called it a “handshake deal.” “The handshake deal means that we have full agreement on the major issues of the contract, and what remains is for us to put that all on...
Hospital thought it had answer for rural struggles. Now it’s in peril.
 On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...

Posted: 7 days ago

On April 12 last year, an investigator for the insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a bombshell letter to the owner of a small North Georgia hospital, Chestatee Regional. The investigator laid out evidence of systemic overcharging for urine drug tests, tests that he suggested the Dahlonega facility never should have done in the first...
Talks resume in Blue Cross-Piedmont Healthcare contract break
 It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s now been 10 days that patients of Piedmont Healthcare with Blue Cross insurance have been out of network. The two companies still have no deal to renew their contract, which expired Easter Sunday. And they’re still talking tough. But at least they’re talking. On Monday they had their first meeting since talks collapsed...
Final count: 2018 Georgia Obamacare enrollment dip less than expected
 The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its final report on Obamacare health insurance enrollment for this year. With all the details in, Georgia’s market enrolled more plans than expected. In spite of several obstacles, 480,912 people enrolled in plans on Georgia’s marketplace exchange under the Affordable Care Act for 2018...
State will help cover workers’ extra costs in Piedmont-Blue Cross spat
 Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that for at least 30 days the state would absorb the additional costs its employees with Blue Cross insurance experience from being out of network with Piedmont Healthcare providers. The move affects 600,000 people, including current state employees, retirees and their families who are eligible to use Blue...
Healthcare standoff leaves 500,000 patients in limbo
 Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...

Posted: 19 days ago

Saturday night’s stalemate between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare over a new contract will force at least half a million Georgia Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors. Negotiations will continue, said Matt Gove, Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer. The...
Blue Cross Georgia-Piedmont Healthcare dispute grows grim
 Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...

Posted: 22 days ago

Negotiations to keep Piedmont Healthcare in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s insurance network have gotten grim, and the deadline is midnight Saturday. The negotiations affect perhaps a half-million patients in the state, and they’re starting to feel the heat. A major group of customers got new insurance cards in the mail...
Poll: drug companies too powerful
 Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

Americans are more concerned about the influence of pharmaceutical companies in Washington than they are about Wall Street, labor unions or the National Rifle Association, according to a new poll. Soaring drug prices are in the news. In Georgia the Medicaid budget alone put more than $700 million toward pharmacy services. And that doesn&rsquo...
Language to free Georgia nursing board passes Senate again in new bill
 A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...

Posted: 24 days ago

A bill to give the Georgia Board of Nursing control of its own investigators has passed the Georgia Senate, and now goes to the House. The bill, HB 301, also would give a tax credit to medical workers who help train students in rotations called “preceptorships.” HB 301 was originally just about the preceptor tax credits. But a...
Georgia Senate agrees to let domestic violence victims break leases
 The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Georgia Senate by a vote of 54 to 0 on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases without an early termination penalty. Sponsors hope the legislation would make it easier for family violence victims to escape their abusers. “All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, &lsquo...