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

Health care could have ‘big year’ in Georgia’s Legislature
 The hospital Joe Ierardi runs near the Georgia coast is hundreds of miles from the state Capitol in Atlanta. But that’s where make-or-break decisions for the Wayne County facility and other hospitals across the state may be made over the next three months, he believes. The flow of hundreds of millions of health care dollars through...

Posted: 6 days ago

The hospital Joe Ierardi runs near the Georgia coast is hundreds of miles from the state Capitol in Atlanta. But that’s where make-or-break decisions for the Wayne County facility and other hospitals across the state may be made over the next three months, he believes. The flow of hundreds of millions of health care dollars through...
Child hot car deaths tie U.S. record; Georgia contributes to toll
 In spite of wrenching publicity in recent years about the danger of forgetting a child in a hot car, the number of deaths continue to mount. In 2018, 49 U.S. children died of heatstroke in a car, tying the record set in 2010, according to a national report released this week by Jan Null, a climate scientist at San Jose State University...

Posted: 12 days ago

In spite of wrenching publicity in recent years about the danger of forgetting a child in a hot car, the number of deaths continue to mount. In 2018, 49 U.S. children died of heatstroke in a car, tying the record set in 2010, according to a national report released this week by Jan Null, a climate scientist at San Jose State University...
Sometimes, Georgia health care costs are a simple matter of location
 When Frans Insinger of Rockdale County went to renew his health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange this fall, he found his premium was going to jump by more than one-third. It was a punch in the gut, considering prices were reported as stable now. One thing Insinger didn’t know: He lived in the wrong county. Insinger&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

When Frans Insinger of Rockdale County went to renew his health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange this fall, he found his premium was going to jump by more than one-third. It was a punch in the gut, considering prices were reported as stable now. One thing Insinger didn’t know: He lived in the wrong county. Insinger&rsquo...
Dozens of Georgia counties get Obamacare enrollment extension
 Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, ended Dec. 15. But not everywhere. According to the federal agency that runs the ACA, thousands of Georgians are eligible for a new “Special Enrollment Period,” or SEP, that will give them until Feb. 20 to enroll.  The extension is due to Hurricane Michael...

Posted: 25 days ago

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, ended Dec. 15. But not everywhere. According to the federal agency that runs the ACA, thousands of Georgians are eligible for a new “Special Enrollment Period,” or SEP, that will give them until Feb. 20 to enroll.  The extension is due to Hurricane Michael...
ACA sign-ups dip in Ga., but some counties apparently have extra week
 For the second straight year, fewer people enrolled in Affordable Care Act insurance plans, both in Georgia and nationwide, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Trump administration. The decline in Georgia, where 460,139 people chose an ACA plan by Saturday’s deadline, was bigger than the national decline, with...

Posted: 26 days ago

For the second straight year, fewer people enrolled in Affordable Care Act insurance plans, both in Georgia and nationwide, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Trump administration. The decline in Georgia, where 460,139 people chose an ACA plan by Saturday’s deadline, was bigger than the national decline, with...
Obamacare ruling creates uncertainty about Georgia’s pursuit of waivers
 One of the touchiest subjects in the Republican-led state Legislature was starting to get airtime in recent weeks: whether to try to insure more of Georgia’s poor and uninsured using a state and federal program under the Affordable Care Act. Then Friday night a federal judge in Texas struck down the entire law nationwide. The ACA...

Posted: 28 days ago

One of the touchiest subjects in the Republican-led state Legislature was starting to get airtime in recent weeks: whether to try to insure more of Georgia’s poor and uninsured using a state and federal program under the Affordable Care Act. Then Friday night a federal judge in Texas struck down the entire law nationwide. The ACA...
Obamacare ruling hits home in Georgia
 A Texas judge on Friday evening struck down the entire Affordable Care Act nationwide. If the ruling is upheld, it will impact far more than the half-million Georgians who have an insurance plan through the health care exchange. Georgians who’ve never touched the federal health care exchange, including those with employer-sponsored...

Posted: 30 days ago

A Texas judge on Friday evening struck down the entire Affordable Care Act nationwide. If the ruling is upheld, it will impact far more than the half-million Georgians who have an insurance plan through the health care exchange. Georgians who’ve never touched the federal health care exchange, including those with employer-sponsored...
Georgia AG Carr touts Obamacare ruling in suit Georgia helped bring
 Reaction in Georgia was swift to a ruling Friday night from a federal judge in Texas striking down the entire Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Chris Carr, Georgia’s attorney general, said the ruling was just what he and other Republican leaders had argued, when Carr in February added Georgia’s weight behind the...

2:21 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Reaction in Georgia was swift to a ruling Friday night from a federal judge in Texas striking down the entire Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Chris Carr, Georgia’s attorney general, said the ruling was just what he and other Republican leaders had argued, when Carr in February added Georgia’s weight behind the...
Expansion of Medicaid for Georgia’s poor on the table, with a twist
 A leading Georgia state senator voiced full-throated support for expanding government health coverage for the poor under a federal “waiver,” similar to what Vice President Mike Pence did when he was governor of Indiana. The comments came Friday during a testy study committee hearing about hospital financing. The committee&rsquo...

11:41 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

A leading Georgia state senator voiced full-throated support for expanding government health coverage for the poor under a federal “waiver,” similar to what Vice President Mike Pence did when he was governor of Indiana. The comments came Friday during a testy study committee hearing about hospital financing. The committee&rsquo...
Obamacare open enrollment ends Saturday, but extension is possible
 Saturday is the last day when Georgians can sign up for 2019 health plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Enrollment has been lagging across the country, including in Georgia. Reasons could include less money being dedicated to outreach and advertising this year; more people receiving coverage through employer-sponsored...

11:15 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Saturday is the last day when Georgians can sign up for 2019 health plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Enrollment has been lagging across the country, including in Georgia. Reasons could include less money being dedicated to outreach and advertising this year; more people receiving coverage through employer-sponsored...
Final week for Obamacare open enrollment has high stakes
 This is the final week to sign up for 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act before open enrollment closes Saturday. And patient advocates are growing concerned. Compared with this time last year, enrollment is lagging, with 182,000 Georgians selecting a plan under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “That&rsquo...

1:00 PM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

This is the final week to sign up for 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act before open enrollment closes Saturday. And patient advocates are growing concerned. Compared with this time last year, enrollment is lagging, with 182,000 Georgians selecting a plan under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “That&rsquo...