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

Karen Handel concedes 6th District race, congratulates Lucy McBath 
 U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has conceded and congratulated Lucy McBath, who will take her seat in Georgia’s 6th District. “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in a statement. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and end...

Posted: 4 days ago

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has conceded and congratulated Lucy McBath, who will take her seat in Georgia’s 6th District. “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in a statement. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and end...
ACA health insurance navigation underway with sign-up events
 Enrollment for 2019 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway in Georgia. On Saturday, federally funded navigators walked door to door through the immigrant communities in Clarkston, manned a fair information table at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta and talked to shoppers at a Duluth mall that caters to Spanish...

Posted: 6 days ago

Enrollment for 2019 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway in Georgia. On Saturday, federally funded navigators walked door to door through the immigrant communities in Clarkston, manned a fair information table at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta and talked to shoppers at a Duluth mall that caters to Spanish...
Obamacare open enrollment off to a typical, if glitchy, start
 As new players and old hands opened their doors to Obamacare insurance shoppers, they said the first day of open enrollment went fine, but with some glitches. The federal government typically does not release numbers for how many signed up for the exchange market under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, until it’s been...

Posted: 9 days ago

As new players and old hands opened their doors to Obamacare insurance shoppers, they said the first day of open enrollment went fine, but with some glitches. The federal government typically does not release numbers for how many signed up for the exchange market under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, until it’s been...
ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT IN GEORGIA: Five Things to Know
 Open enrollment is under way in Georgia for 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  In spite of changes this year, much about the process remains the same for customers. They can still go to the federal website and try to enroll themselves. And if they run into snags, they still have...

Posted: 10 days ago

Open enrollment is under way in Georgia for 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  In spite of changes this year, much about the process remains the same for customers. They can still go to the federal website and try to enroll themselves. And if they run into snags, they still have...
Obamacare open enrollment starts Thursday under a raft of changes
 Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act starts Thursday. And it’s going to look different this year. For those 2019 plans about to go on sale, the individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance is effectively gone. The statewide “navigators” that formerly helped Georgians enroll in plans under the ACA...

Posted: 11 days ago

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act starts Thursday. And it’s going to look different this year. For those 2019 plans about to go on sale, the individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance is effectively gone. The statewide “navigators” that formerly helped Georgians enroll in plans under the ACA...
Obamacare 2019 plans posted online for window shopping
 The federal website to enroll in 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is now open for browsing. The website is healthcare.gov. The plans won’t be for sale until ACA open enrollment begins Thursday and is scheduled to end Dec. 15. But the 2019 plans have been loaded, so people can go online and see what&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

The federal website to enroll in 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is now open for browsing. The website is healthcare.gov. The plans won’t be for sale until ACA open enrollment begins Thursday and is scheduled to end Dec. 15. But the 2019 plans have been loaded, so people can go online and see what&rsquo...
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: 25 days 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...

10:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

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...

7:46 PM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2018

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...

11:02 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

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...

4:24 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

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...