Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter for the Enterprise team. She reports on a wide range of issues that have included the Voting Rights Act, technology and rain.  Before that, she reported on transportation. She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Georgia customers scramble after Trump stops Obamacare subsidies
 Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours. An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried...

Posted: 2 days ago

Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours. An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried...
Suicides rose through economic recovery, especially in rural areas
 A disturbing new report on suicide in the U.S. raises serious questions about despair and resources among rural residents, white men and in the population generally. The report, by the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, simply looked at the number of suicides over 15 years, in different places among different demographic...

Posted: 7 days ago

A disturbing new report on suicide in the U.S. raises serious questions about despair and resources among rural residents, white men and in the population generally. The report, by the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, simply looked at the number of suicides over 15 years, in different places among different demographic...
Five things to track: Health care programs facing cuts in Georgia
 One week 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 their latest campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now workers for the programs, such as at clinics, say they...

Posted: 9 days ago

One week 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 their latest campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now workers for the programs, such as at clinics, say they...
Birth control coverage rule rolled back
 The Trump administration’s decision Friday to roll back the Obamacare mandate that insurance plans cover contraception sparked strong reactions in Georgia, driving home a fundamental rift in the state and the nation. The long-expected move by the Department of Health and Human Services could mean many American women would no longer...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Trump administration’s decision Friday to roll back the Obamacare mandate that insurance plans cover contraception sparked strong reactions in Georgia, driving home a fundamental rift in the state and the nation. The long-expected move by the Department of Health and Human Services could mean many American women would no longer...
September tax revenues up again
 Georgia’s tax revenues for September were up again, by 3.1 percent over September 2016. That tracks with the year to date.  Revenues for the 12 months ending in September were also up, by 3.2 percent over the previous year. The state has built a sizable rainy day reserve, but Gov. Nathan Deal has toldagencies not to ask for...

Posted: 10 days ago

Georgia’s tax revenues for September were up again, by 3.1 percent over September 2016. That tracks with the year to date.  Revenues for the 12 months ending in September were also up, by 3.2 percent over the previous year. The state has built a sizable rainy day reserve, but Gov. Nathan Deal has toldagencies not to ask for...
Survey: Health centers hit by Congressional funding uncertainty
 Across the nation, community health centers that have furnished care for decades have already felt the impact of Congress’ inability to budget consistently, according to a new survey. The National Association of Community Health Centers surveyed its members and said one-quarter reported that they were already finding it harder to recruit...

Posted: 11 days ago

Across the nation, community health centers that have furnished care for decades have already felt the impact of Congress’ inability to budget consistently, according to a new survey. The National Association of Community Health Centers surveyed its members and said one-quarter reported that they were already finding it harder to recruit...
Puppies linked to disease outbreak near Georgia
 A type of bacteria that causes fever, diarrhea and cramping  is spreading in a multi-state outbreak near Georgia, and the likely cause is puppies that are sold through the national chain Petland.   The bacterium, called Campylobacter, seems to be resistant to several front-line antibiotics often used to treat it.  So far the...

Posted: 12 days ago

A type of bacteria that causes fever, diarrhea and cramping is spreading in a multi-state outbreak near Georgia, and the likely cause is puppies that are sold through the national chain Petland.   The bacterium, called Campylobacter, seems to be resistant to several front-line antibiotics often used to treat it.  So far the...
Trauma surgeon: Prepare for Vegas, but Georgia already a battlefield
 If a shooting tragedy on the scale of the one Sunday night in Las Vegas occurred in Georgia, many victims better hope they’re in a metro area. Minutes count. There are only five state-designated Level I trauma centers in Georgia, and only two of those are nationally certified. One is Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and the other...

Posted: 14 days ago

If a shooting tragedy on the scale of the one Sunday night in Las Vegas occurred in Georgia, many victims better hope they’re in a metro area. Minutes count. There are only five state-designated Level I trauma centers in Georgia, and only two of those are nationally certified. One is Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and the other...
Price couldn’t get past charter flight scandal
 A year ago, Tom Price was quietly preparing for a possible run for Georgia governor. Now, the Roswell Republican is hoping to salvage his reputation following his resignation as the nation’s health secretary. His ouster on Friday was a swift end to a political career that started with his election two decades ago to the Georgia...

Posted: 16 days ago

A year ago, Tom Price was quietly preparing for a possible run for Georgia governor. Now, the Roswell Republican is hoping to salvage his reputation following his resignation as the nation’s health secretary. His ouster on Friday was a swift end to a political career that started with his election two decades ago to the Georgia...
Funding now expired, Georgia health care providers see impact
 In Washington this past week, lawmakers abandoned another all-out attempt to repeal Obamacare and then headed home to take stock. Meanwhile in Georgia, a clinic network funded by regular federal grants halted replacement of badly needed dental chairs and stopped work on a planned contract to recruit a pediatrician. A Houston County couple...

Posted: 17 days ago

In Washington this past week, lawmakers abandoned another all-out attempt to repeal Obamacare and then headed home to take stock. Meanwhile in Georgia, a clinic network funded by regular federal grants halted replacement of badly needed dental chairs and stopped work on a planned contract to recruit a pediatrician. A Houston County couple...
Health Secretary Tom Price resigns under fire
Health Secretary Tom Price resigned from his Cabinet post Friday, the White House said, after racking up at least $1 million in travel on private and military jets, a string of taxpayer-funded expenses that drew bipartisan condemnation.
The former Roswell orthopedic surgeon had lost support from President Donald Trump, who said Wednesday...

Posted: 17 days ago

Health Secretary Tom Price resigned from his Cabinet post Friday, the White House said, after racking up at least $1 million in travel on private and military jets, a string of taxpayer-funded expenses that drew bipartisan condemnation. The former Roswell orthopedic surgeon had lost support from President Donald Trump, who said Wednesday...