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

CDC: HIV testing outreach needed for black gay men in South
 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study released Thursday raised an alarm about black men in the South and HIV. They’re not being diagnosed enough in traditional health care sites, the study found, so health workers need to seek them out in new places for testing and care. The world that most media portray...

Posted: 2 days ago

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study released Thursday raised an alarm about black men in the South and HIV. They’re not being diagnosed enough in traditional health care sites, the study found, so health workers need to seek them out in new places for testing and care. The world that most media portray...
Georgia State study: Smokers less likely to know nicotine’s dangers
 Scientists know that nicotine and children don’t mix: The chemical can cause anything from mild illness to death, or problems with brain development. Most Americans know, too, according to a new study. But those who don’t may be the ones who need to most. They’re more likely to be smokers. The question’s importance...

Posted: 3 days ago

Scientists know that nicotine and children don’t mix: The chemical can cause anything from mild illness to death, or problems with brain development. Most Americans know, too, according to a new study. But those who don’t may be the ones who need to most. They’re more likely to be smokers. The question’s importance...
Clinic’s errant form letter reveals health care’s faulty human touch
 When Dr. Seth Walker, an Emory Healthcare pulmonologist, decided to take a position in Cleveland, Emory sent out a letter letting his patients know. “My leaving in no way diminishes my concern for you and your well-being,” Walker wrote. It didn’t have the desired effect. The letter was riddled with bizarre typos that the...

Posted: 3 days ago

When Dr. Seth Walker, an Emory Healthcare pulmonologist, decided to take a position in Cleveland, Emory sent out a letter letting his patients know. “My leaving in no way diminishes my concern for you and your well-being,” Walker wrote. It didn’t have the desired effect. The letter was riddled with bizarre typos that the...
GSU study: Vaping failed 90 percent of time to lead smoker to quit
 E-cigarette makers say their products are designed to help tobacco smokers quit. A new study from Georgia State University raises questions about that claim. In the study, just published by researchers from GSU’s School of Public Health, vapers had 70 percent lower odds of quitting smoking than nonvapers. One year into the study, just...

Posted: 9 days ago

E-cigarette makers say their products are designed to help tobacco smokers quit. A new study from Georgia State University raises questions about that claim. In the study, just published by researchers from GSU’s School of Public Health, vapers had 70 percent lower odds of quitting smoking than nonvapers. One year into the study, just...
Groups that help people sign up for Obamacare face deep cut
 The Trump administration announced late Tuesday that it is cutting deeply into funding for “navigators” that help people enroll in Obamacare. “Navigators failed to enroll a meaningful amount of people,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in its announcement, “and not nearly enough to justify...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Trump administration announced late Tuesday that it is cutting deeply into funding for “navigators” that help people enroll in Obamacare. “Navigators failed to enroll a meaningful amount of people,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in its announcement, “and not nearly enough to justify...
Trump move on payments could scramble Georgia’s Obamacare market
 After all the turmoil in the Obamacare market last year, Community Health Works CEO Fred Ammons was cheered on Friday to see the 2019 proposals come in from Georgia health insurance companies. The companies proposed modest premium increases and some healthy expansion of sales territory. “It looks pretty good,” Ammons said...

Posted: 11 days ago

After all the turmoil in the Obamacare market last year, Community Health Works CEO Fred Ammons was cheered on Friday to see the 2019 proposals come in from Georgia health insurance companies. The companies proposed modest premium increases and some healthy expansion of sales territory. “It looks pretty good,” Ammons said...
Modest rate hikes proposed for Georgia’s 2019 Obamacare plans
 In a bittersweet moment of relief for Obamacare customers, prices for next year’s premiums in Georgia are expected to see only modest increases, mostly in the single digits. It’s a marked contrast to the brutal increases of recent years and not what experts expected. The turmoil from Washington that has driven big rate...

Posted: 15 days ago

In a bittersweet moment of relief for Obamacare customers, prices for next year’s premiums in Georgia are expected to see only modest increases, mostly in the single digits. It’s a marked contrast to the brutal increases of recent years and not what experts expected. The turmoil from Washington that has driven big rate...
A suicide spurs questions about what hospitals should do
 Brian Dunivan overdosed on alcohol and Klonopin in May 2016 but did not manage to take his life. He wound up in the hospital instead. There, however, he broke out his window and fell to his death. Dunivan’s parents laid out those events in a lawsuit suing the facility, Northside Hospital, for not taking adequate measures to prevent...

Posted: 16 days ago

Brian Dunivan overdosed on alcohol and Klonopin in May 2016 but did not manage to take his life. He wound up in the hospital instead. There, however, he broke out his window and fell to his death. Dunivan’s parents laid out those events in a lawsuit suing the facility, Northside Hospital, for not taking adequate measures to prevent...
Requiring work for Medicaid: Ruling in Kentucky echoes in Georgia
 Many Georgia officials cheered as the Trump administration moved toward work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Medicaid is the federal health care program for the poor, elderly and disabled. Now those officials’ hopes are stalled, as the effort ran into a roadblock last week — and those who oppose the work requirements...

Posted: 18 days ago

Many Georgia officials cheered as the Trump administration moved toward work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Medicaid is the federal health care program for the poor, elderly and disabled. Now those officials’ hopes are stalled, as the effort ran into a roadblock last week — and those who oppose the work requirements...
CDC warning swimmers to beware of waterborne illnesses
 Summer fun means water. But be careful. In a study released Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded Americans that the bodies of water they play in can sometimes make them sick. >> Read more trending news  From 2000 to 2014, the years of the study, voluntary reporting from 35 states and Guam turned up nearly...

Posted: 22 days ago

Summer fun means water. But be careful. In a study released Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded Americans that the bodies of water they play in can sometimes make them sick. >> Read more trending news  From 2000 to 2014, the years of the study, voluntary reporting from 35 states and Guam turned up nearly...
CDC cautions swimmers about illnesses associated with water
 Summer fun means water. But be careful. In a study released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded Americans that the bodies of water they play in can sometimes make them sick. From 2000 to 2014, the years of the study, voluntary reporting from 35 states and Guam turned up nearly 5,000 reports of sickness &mdash...

Posted: 22 days ago

Summer fun means water. But be careful. In a study released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded Americans that the bodies of water they play in can sometimes make them sick. From 2000 to 2014, the years of the study, voluntary reporting from 35 states and Guam turned up nearly 5,000 reports of sickness &mdash...