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Ariel Hart

Reporter for Enterprise

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

Senate health care bill in peril; all eyes on lunch meeting

Posted: 4 hours ago

Senate GOP leaders are bearing down Tuesday in their push to pass a health care bill this week, a day after brutal budget estimates dealt a blow to their proposal. The senators are expected to come together at lunchtime Tuesday to discuss the path forward for the plan and whether they should open official debate on it. Notably, Vice President...
Senate health plan may leave 680,000 more Georgians without insurance
 After two high-profile revisions, the GOP health care plan is still expected to lead to hundreds of thousands more Georgians losing health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate plan’s impacts late Monday. The nonpartisan office estimated that 22 million more Americans would be without health insurance...

Posted: 18 hours ago

After two high-profile revisions, the GOP health care plan is still expected to lead to hundreds of thousands more Georgians losing health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate plan’s impacts late Monday. The nonpartisan office estimated that 22 million more Americans would be without health insurance...
Georgians: Fix health care prices, stop partisanship
 After the U.S. Senate finally revealed its proposed federal health care bill, advocates revved up their rhetoric with extreme positions, loud cheers and denunciations. “INJUSTICE!” blared the handmade sign of a protester Friday outside U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office. The Senate’s bill “is morally repugnant...

Posted: 3 days ago

After the U.S. Senate finally revealed its proposed federal health care bill, advocates revved up their rhetoric with extreme positions, loud cheers and denunciations. “INJUSTICE!” blared the handmade sign of a protester Friday outside U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office. The Senate’s bill “is morally repugnant...
New health care proposal would have big impact on Georgia
 Georgians, like the rest of the nation, finally came face to face with the U.S. Senate’s long-hidden health care proposal Thursday. And one way or another, they said, its impact on the state could be profound. Liberals decried its potential impact on women’s health and care for the poor. After a quick look at the provisions of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgians, like the rest of the nation, finally came face to face with the U.S. Senate’s long-hidden health care proposal Thursday. And one way or another, they said, its impact on the state could be profound. Liberals decried its potential impact on women’s health and care for the poor. After a quick look at the provisions of...
Studies: despair plays part in undiagnosed breast cancer in Georgia
 A pair of new studies on breast cancer from Georgia State University point to a surprising medical villain: economic despair. Both of the GSU studies looked at breast cancer that goes undiagnosed for too long. One of the studies by the university’s School of Public Health, on a type of the disease called inflammatory breast cancer,...

Posted: 5 days ago

A pair of new studies on breast cancer from Georgia State University point to a surprising medical villain: economic despair. Both of the GSU studies looked at breast cancer that goes undiagnosed for too long. One of the studies by the university’s School of Public Health, on a type of the disease called inflammatory breast cancer,...
Study: Atlanta hospital most vulnerable to Medicaid cuts
 If the Obamacare revision the U.S. House of Representatives passed in May became law, the Georgia hospital to lose the most Medicaid funding would be Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, according to a new analysis by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The U.S. Senate is expected to release its own version of the...

Posted: 5 days ago

If the Obamacare revision the U.S. House of Representatives passed in May became law, the Georgia hospital to lose the most Medicaid funding would be Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, according to a new analysis by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The U.S. Senate is expected to release its own version of the...
Rural Georgia hospital gains reprieve
 A rural Georgia hospital that was about to close for lack of funds will stay open after all, at least for now. The company that owned Jenkins Medical Center in Millen, Ga. had announced in April that it would shut the aging facility down and send patients to a sister hospital 20 miles away. Instead, with days to go before the June 24 shutdown...

Posted: 7 days ago

A rural Georgia hospital that was about to close for lack of funds will stay open after all, at least for now. The company that owned Jenkins Medical Center in Millen, Ga. had announced in April that it would shut the aging facility down and send patients to a sister hospital 20 miles away. Instead, with days to go before the June 24 shutdown...
Georgia health spending among lowest in U.S.
 Spending on health care in Georgia remains below the national average, even though it has increased at a relatively fast clip, according to a new report in HealthAffairs. According to the report, Georgia spent $10,429 per Medicare enrollee, $5,199 per Medicaid enrollee, and $4,406 per enrollee in personal health insurance. That puts Georgia...

Posted: 8 days ago

Spending on health care in Georgia remains below the national average, even though it has increased at a relatively fast clip, according to a new report in HealthAffairs. According to the report, Georgia spent $10,429 per Medicare enrollee, $5,199 per Medicaid enrollee, and $4,406 per enrollee in personal health insurance. That puts Georgia...
Cagle appoints new legislator to high-profile health committee
 The Georgia Senate’s health care task force has a new senator as a new member. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has appointed state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon, to the task force that he formed to address the state’s health care. The group is meeting in locations across the state to hear expert testimony. Its goal is to come...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Georgia Senate’s health care task force has a new senator as a new member. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has appointed state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon, to the task force that he formed to address the state’s health care. The group is meeting in locations across the state to hear expert testimony. Its goal is to come...
Georgia to ‘closely monitor’ Blue Cross ER complaints
 The state Department of Insurance said it will closely monitor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s new pullback on paying for patient visits to the emergency room to make sure it doesn’t abuse the policyholders. Last month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that Blue Cross had sent a letter to patients on individual...

Posted: 11 days ago

The state Department of Insurance said it will closely monitor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia’s new pullback on paying for patient visits to the emergency room to make sure it doesn’t abuse the policyholders. Last month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that Blue Cross had sent a letter to patients on individual...
Georgia children’s health factors improving but among U.S.’ lowest
 Georgia’s children rank among the nation’s least healthy, according to an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In only seven other states does a greater portion of the children lack health insurance. In only five other states are more babies born underweight. Georgia also ranked worse than the national average in...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia’s children rank among the nation’s least healthy, according to an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In only seven other states does a greater portion of the children lack health insurance. In only five other states are more babies born underweight. Georgia also ranked worse than the national average in...