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 Georgians unaware that Obamacare enrollment will end Friday
 As the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s 2018 health insurance plans enters its frantic final week, some Georgians still don’t know the time is almost up. “It’s very important that people pay attention this week if they haven’t enrolled yet and get it done,” said Marc Jenkins, who helps...

Posted: 13 hours ago

As the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s 2018 health insurance plans enters its frantic final week, some Georgians still don’t know the time is almost up. “It’s very important that people pay attention this week if they haven’t enrolled yet and get it done,” said Marc Jenkins, who helps...
Five things to track: Health care programs facing cuts in Georgia
 Two months after deadlines expired to renew several crucial federal health care programs, Congress has still not renewed them. The programs got sidelined, some experts and officials said, while Republican leaders launched into campaigns to repeal Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. Now workers for the programs, such as at clinics, say...

Posted: 12 days ago

Two months after deadlines expired to renew several crucial federal health care programs, Congress has still not renewed them. The programs got sidelined, some experts and officials said, while Republican leaders launched into campaigns to repeal Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. Now workers for the programs, such as at clinics, say...
Some ACA premiums fall while others spike; enrollment keeps surging
 Tyrone Jenkins sat in his insurance agent’s office on Friday, relieved about his health insurance. After all the upheaveal and news over skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, Jenkins will actually see his coverage costs plummet next year. He’ll pay less than half in 2018 what he did in 2017 for similar coverage. How can this be? Jenkins...

Posted: 22 days ago

Tyrone Jenkins sat in his insurance agent’s office on Friday, relieved about his health insurance. After all the upheaveal and news over skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, Jenkins will actually see his coverage costs plummet next year. He’ll pay less than half in 2018 what he did in 2017 for similar coverage. How can this be? Jenkins...
Opioid epidemic’s ripple effects: Hepatitis C spreading in Georgia
 Georgia’s opioid epidemic isn’t just destroying families and local economies, it’s also spreading other diseases. For the first time in history, Georgia’s level of hepatitis C infection has surpassed 14,000 victims in one year, the state epidemiologist on Thursday told a study committee in the Georgia House of Representatives...

Posted: 25 days ago

Georgia’s opioid epidemic isn’t just destroying families and local economies, it’s also spreading other diseases. For the first time in history, Georgia’s level of hepatitis C infection has surpassed 14,000 victims in one year, the state epidemiologist on Thursday told a study committee in the Georgia House of Representatives...
How to know your penalty if you don’t buy insurance
 It’s open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance plans, and for a lot of private plans to boot.  With premiums skyrocketing in many places, some are wondering whether to buy at all.  But it’s still mandatory.  Those who don’t get insured risk paying a penalty. How much?  A major...

6:13 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

It’s open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance plans, and for a lot of private plans to boot.  With premiums skyrocketing in many places, some are wondering whether to buy at all.  But it’s still mandatory.  Those who don’t get insured risk paying a penalty. How much?  A major...
Obamacare enrollment surging, so far, in Georgia, across nation
 Nick Anderson prepared for weeks for open enrollment as an Affordable Care Act navigator in his west-central Georgia territory. And as he hit up local spots asking to post fliers and publicize the Nov. 1 start date, he noticed something different this year. “They’re way more energized about spreading the word,” he said....

12:57 AM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Nick Anderson prepared for weeks for open enrollment as an Affordable Care Act navigator in his west-central Georgia territory. And as he hit up local spots asking to post fliers and publicize the Nov. 1 start date, he noticed something different this year. “They’re way more energized about spreading the word,” he said....
Skipping health insurance will cost you; here’s how much
 As open enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance customers are finding the new premium prices almost too much to handle.  For those who are wondering whether it might be worth it to just drop insurance, however, there is a price. A new internet tool released by a foundation can help people understand...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

As open enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance customers are finding the new premium prices almost too much to handle.  For those who are wondering whether it might be worth it to just drop insurance, however, there is a price. A new internet tool released by a foundation can help people understand...
Georgia nurses asking Senate for more freedom to treat patients
 The Georgia Senate’s study committee on barriers to access to health care had its final meeting Monday, and is expected to issue recommendations later this year for the coming legislative session. A key subject is  whether highly trained nurses should be allowed more independence in conducting health care. Nursing groups say Georgia...

1:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

The Georgia Senate’s study committee on barriers to access to health care had its final meeting Monday, and is expected to issue recommendations later this year for the coming legislative session. A key subject is whether highly trained nurses should be allowed more independence in conducting health care. Nursing groups say Georgia...
GA Senate task force prepares results
 Recommendations on Georgia’s health care system should come within weeks from a task force launched by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Georgia Senate.  Legislation may follow when the legislative session begins in January. The “Health Care Reform Task Force” earlier this year flew in two conservative experts as speakers...

12:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Recommendations on Georgia’s health care system should come within weeks from a task force launched by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Georgia Senate.  Legislation may follow when the legislative session begins in January. The “Health Care Reform Task Force” earlier this year flew in two conservative experts as speakers...
Obamacare assistance: some signup events in GA Nov. 3-5
   Open enrollment has arrived for the Affordable Care Act’s exchange markets this year.  People can sign up for ACA coverage, also known as Obamacare, by going to healthcare.gov. For those who could use help, several navigator organizations still exist in Georgia to guide people through the process of enrolling.  ...

8:30 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

  Open enrollment has arrived for the Affordable Care Act’s exchange markets this year.  People can sign up for ACA coverage, also known as Obamacare, by going to healthcare.gov. For those who could use help, several navigator organizations still exist in Georgia to guide people through the process of enrolling.  ...
Obamacare open enrollment begins
 Nov. 1 -- today -- is the day open enrollment begins for health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange markets, also known as Obamacare. Over the next 45 days, until Dec. 15, people can go on healthcare.gov and buy a plan for 2018. It’s the first full open enrollment for the ACA under the Trump administration.  The...

11:30 AM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Nov. 1 -- today -- is the day open enrollment begins for health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange markets, also known as Obamacare. Over the next 45 days, until Dec. 15, people can go on healthcare.gov and buy a plan for 2018. It’s the first full open enrollment for the ACA under the Trump administration.  The...