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

Georgia Senate votes unanimously to rename Runaway Negro Creek
 The state Senate on Wednesday voted 51-0 to rename Runaway Negro Creek on the Georgia coast to “Freedom Creek.” “Intentional or not, the current name of such creek serves to cast, edify, and perpetuate a posture of criminality upon the men and women who pursued the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...

Posted: 2 days ago

The state Senate on Wednesday voted 51-0 to rename Runaway Negro Creek on the Georgia coast to “Freedom Creek.” “Intentional or not, the current name of such creek serves to cast, edify, and perpetuate a posture of criminality upon the men and women who pursued the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...
Trump administration proposes skimpier, cheaper health insurance plans
 The Trump administration on Tuesday laid out its plan to allow yearlong health insurance coverage that is skimpier, noncompliant with Obamacare standards — and far less expensive. Obamacare advocates reacted in dismay, while some Georgia insurance agents rejoiced. “It’s awesome,” said Tim Deter, an agent in Atlanta...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday laid out its plan to allow yearlong health insurance coverage that is skimpier, noncompliant with Obamacare standards — and far less expensive. Obamacare advocates reacted in dismay, while some Georgia insurance agents rejoiced. “It’s awesome,” said Tim Deter, an agent in Atlanta...
Gun research may return at CDC decades after NRA pressure shut it down
 Should teachers carry guns? Will having a gun make you safer? What gun sale rules save lives? Following the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17, calls for action have filled the news. But safety advocates say they lack perhaps the most important tool of all: objective research to know what actions would...

Posted: 3 days ago

Should teachers carry guns? Will having a gun make you safer? What gun sale rules save lives? Following the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17, calls for action have filled the news. But safety advocates say they lack perhaps the most important tool of all: objective research to know what actions would...
Georgia flu deaths reach 79; vaccination urged even now
 Georgia’s death toll from flu continued to mount this week, and now stands at 79 dead from the sickness. The state Department of Public Health on Friday released figures for the week ending February 10, showing that 13 new patients were confirmed dead from flu, one of them a child. Health officials are urging people who have not been...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia’s death toll from flu continued to mount this week, and now stands at 79 dead from the sickness. The state Department of Public Health on Friday released figures for the week ending February 10, showing that 13 new patients were confirmed dead from flu, one of them a child. Health officials are urging people who have not been...
Piedmont hospitals sue Blue Cross over new limits to ER and imaging
 A major Georgia hospital group has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, accusing it of “a national scheme” to save money at the expense of patient safety. Last fall, the lawsuit states, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia stopped paying when some of its outpatient policyholders undergo imaging, such as...

Posted: 10 days ago

A major Georgia hospital group has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, accusing it of “a national scheme” to save money at the expense of patient safety. Last fall, the lawsuit states, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia stopped paying when some of its outpatient policyholders undergo imaging, such as...
Hospital ERs, swamped with flu: learn emergency symptoms
 Hospitals, swamped with flu patients, are asking people to be prudent. Some people need to be in the emergency room. But some just need a doctor or clinic, and others need home treatment. A group representing Georgia hospitals on Monday tried to walk the line between encouraging people who need to go to the hospital to go, and cautioning...

Posted: 11 days ago

Hospitals, swamped with flu patients, are asking people to be prudent. Some people need to be in the emergency room. But some just need a doctor or clinic, and others need home treatment. A group representing Georgia hospitals on Monday tried to walk the line between encouraging people who need to go to the hospital to go, and cautioning...
Flu kills DeKalb County high school student, 15
 A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, the second teenager in metro Atlanta killed by the rampaging virus. School district officials are reminding students and staff to continue taking precautions as flu season may not have reached its peak. District officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the 15-year-old...

Posted: 11 days ago

A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, the second teenager in metro Atlanta killed by the rampaging virus. School district officials are reminding students and staff to continue taking precautions as flu season may not have reached its peak. District officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the 15-year-old...
Health insurance changes hit Georgians: things to know
 Washington politics  roiled health insurance so much that Georgia policyholders feel the impacts. The Obamacare individual mandate saying every American must have health insurance isn’t gone yet, but it will be soon.  It’s a new year, with changes, and Georgians have stories about how they cope: with skyrocketing premiums...

Posted: 11 days ago

Washington politics roiled health insurance so much that Georgia policyholders feel the impacts. The Obamacare individual mandate saying every American must have health insurance isn’t gone yet, but it will be soon.  It’s a new year, with changes, and Georgians have stories about how they cope: with skyrocketing premiums...
Georgians now immersed in changes to health insurance
 On Jan. 1, the Washington politics roiling health insurance hit home for Georgians. Overnight, policyholders on Georgia’s individual market saw their premiums spike about 50 percent. Blue Cross stopped insuring individuals in metro Atlanta and Columbus. The ones who bought new insurance were forced into health management organizations...

Posted: 14 days ago

On Jan. 1, the Washington politics roiling health insurance hit home for Georgians. Overnight, policyholders on Georgia’s individual market saw their premiums spike about 50 percent. Blue Cross stopped insuring individuals in metro Atlanta and Columbus. The ones who bought new insurance were forced into health management organizations...
Georgia flu hospitalizations surpass 1,000; hopes dashed for decline
 Despite hopes the nation would see the flu epidemic drop off by now, the number of severe cases only continues to increase, U.S. health officials said in a somber telephone conference Friday. And they don’t know when it will end. One in 10 American deaths last week came from influenza or pneumonia, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting...

Posted: 14 days ago

Despite hopes the nation would see the flu epidemic drop off by now, the number of severe cases only continues to increase, U.S. health officials said in a somber telephone conference Friday. And they don’t know when it will end. One in 10 American deaths last week came from influenza or pneumonia, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting...
U.S. House stopgap proposal tosses Georgia health care programs a lifeline
 A six-week stopgap spending bill the U.S. House of Representatives advanced Tuesday evening includes funding desperately sought by Georgia’s safety-net hospitals and community health centers. The additional money could be OK’d by the end of the week for the federal program that pays the likes of Grady Memorial Hospital, but a...

Posted: 17 days ago

A six-week stopgap spending bill the U.S. House of Representatives advanced Tuesday evening includes funding desperately sought by Georgia’s safety-net hospitals and community health centers. The additional money could be OK’d by the end of the week for the federal program that pays the likes of Grady Memorial Hospital, but a...