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

Moody’s: Congress’ inaction on kids’ health insurance imperils hospitals
 The bond-rating agency Moody’s has issued a report declaring an expiring federal program for children’s health insurance to be a threat to the financial credit of children’s hospitals. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough...

Posted: 3 days ago

The bond-rating agency Moody’s has issued a report declaring an expiring federal program for children’s health insurance to be a threat to the financial credit of children’s hospitals. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough...
HHS move protects health workers who refuse care based on conscience
 The Trump administration on Thursday announced a new federal health division designed to protect doctors, nurses and others who object to providing medical care such as abortions and sex-change operations, prompting intense reactions among Georgia activists, health care providers and patients. All of them, even organizations for medical providers...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Trump administration on Thursday announced a new federal health division designed to protect doctors, nurses and others who object to providing medical care such as abortions and sex-change operations, prompting intense reactions among Georgia activists, health care providers and patients. All of them, even organizations for medical providers...
Price joins board of medical company with political ambitions
 Tom Price, the recently resigned U.S. secretary of health and human services and former congressman and Georgia legislator, has joined the advisory board of a company with ambitions. Jackson Healthcare, a medical staffing and technology company based in Alpharetta, announced the addition in a news release Tuesday. The company also boasts...

Posted: 4 days ago

Tom Price, the recently resigned U.S. secretary of health and human services and former congressman and Georgia legislator, has joined the advisory board of a company with ambitions. Jackson Healthcare, a medical staffing and technology company based in Alpharetta, announced the addition in a news release Tuesday. The company also boasts...
Flu decks Georgia, nation
 Five Georgia flu patients have died, with perhaps more to be announced this Friday. Some metro Atlanta hospitals are asking visitors not to come if they have flu symptoms. The epidemiology chief for influenza at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has colleagues who turned from pharmacy to pharmacy in Atlanta without finding...

Posted: 5 days ago

Five Georgia flu patients have died, with perhaps more to be announced this Friday. Some metro Atlanta hospitals are asking visitors not to come if they have flu symptoms. The epidemiology chief for influenza at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has colleagues who turned from pharmacy to pharmacy in Atlanta without finding...
Medicaid work requirement stirs interest in Ga., but impact is iffy
 The administration of President Donald Trump has opened the door to imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients. And some Georgia leaders are interested. Each state sets its own specifics, but the broad principles for Medicaid eligibility have long been the same. For a half-century, Medicaid has guaranteed health coverage to poor Americans...

Posted: 9 days ago

The administration of President Donald Trump has opened the door to imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients. And some Georgia leaders are interested. Each state sets its own specifics, but the broad principles for Medicaid eligibility have long been the same. For a half-century, Medicaid has guaranteed health coverage to poor Americans...
Study: Rural hospitals’ survival linked to Medicaid
 Georgia is among 18 states that did not decide to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. A new study says that decision may have had a cost to communities. Hospitals, often strapped for cash in rural areas, were substantially less likely to shut down in places where Medicaid had been expanded to cover more of a community’s poor...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia is among 18 states that did not decide to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. A new study says that decision may have had a cost to communities. Hospitals, often strapped for cash in rural areas, were substantially less likely to shut down in places where Medicaid had been expanded to cover more of a community’s poor...
Georgia task force on health care recommends more research
 A high-powered task force led by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has completed nearly a year of meetings and research without producing a solution to some of the state’s biggest health care problems, such as the state’s hundreds of thousands of uninsured poor. Instead, it recommended more research. The Senate Health Care Reform Task...

Posted: 13 days ago

A high-powered task force led by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has completed nearly a year of meetings and research without producing a solution to some of the state’s biggest health care problems, such as the state’s hundreds of thousands of uninsured poor. Instead, it recommended more research. The Senate Health Care Reform Task...
A wide range of health care woes face Georgia Legislature this year
 When the state Legislature meets again this month, it will have no shortage of work on health care. The past year’s headlines say it all. Slices of Georgia are in a full-on health care crisis: Premiums higher than a mortgage payment. Insurance networks for 2018 that suddenly exclude all of a family’s doctors. An opioid epidemic...

Posted: 17 days ago

When the state Legislature meets again this month, it will have no shortage of work on health care. The past year’s headlines say it all. Slices of Georgia are in a full-on health care crisis: Premiums higher than a mortgage payment. Insurance networks for 2018 that suddenly exclude all of a family’s doctors. An opioid epidemic...
No action from Congress as cuts loom for hospitals that care for poor
 In a blow to hospitals that care for the poor, Congress left Washington Friday without blocking looming federal cuts that could cost Georgia hospitals potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. For several years, hospitals in Georgia and other states that provide medical care to broke patients have gotten federal money to help...

Posted: 29 days ago

In a blow to hospitals that care for the poor, Congress left Washington Friday without blocking looming federal cuts that could cost Georgia hospitals potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. For several years, hospitals in Georgia and other states that provide medical care to broke patients have gotten federal money to help...
Bond rating agency says GOP tax bill will harm nonprofit hospitals
 The GOP tax bill that awaits President Donald Trump’s signature will hurt nonprofit hospitals, according to a report just issued by the investors’ service Moody’s. The bill does two things to damage the hospitals, according to the report. Most significantly, it will repeal the mandate that every individual have health insurance...

9:04 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

The GOP tax bill that awaits President Donald Trump’s signature will hurt nonprofit hospitals, according to a report just issued by the investors’ service Moody’s. The bill does two things to damage the hospitals, according to the report. Most significantly, it will repeal the mandate that every individual have health insurance...
Georgia qualifies for Obamacare extension — a surprise to many brokers
 Insurance brokers all over Georgia got a clear, helpful message from the federal government on Friday about the end of the window to sign up for Obamacare. “Open Enrollment Ends Today at 11:59 PM (PST): This is the final day to enroll consumers for coverage all year!” Only, it wasn’t true. In fact, the federal Centers...

7:21 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Insurance brokers all over Georgia got a clear, helpful message from the federal government on Friday about the end of the window to sign up for Obamacare. “Open Enrollment Ends Today at 11:59 PM (PST): This is the final day to enroll consumers for coverage all year!” Only, it wasn’t true. In fact, the federal Centers...