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

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Nonprofit hospitals back Kemp Medicaid waiver plan for Georgia
 One day after House Democrats came out blazing against Gov. Brian Kemp’s Medicaid “waiver” bill, they lost perhaps their biggest piece of ammunition. On Wednesday, Democrats stood together in the Capitol to declare their opposition to limited waiver initiatives such as Kemp’s proposal, and to voice their...

Posted: 2 hours ago

One day after House Democrats came out blazing against Gov. Brian Kemp’s Medicaid “waiver” bill, they lost perhaps their biggest piece of ammunition. On Wednesday, Democrats stood together in the Capitol to declare their opposition to limited waiver initiatives such as Kemp’s proposal, and to voice their...
Medicare payment dispute imperils Georgia hospital with FDR legacy
 Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital may have a grand history, and it may have disabled patients it helps to regain function. But it’s also just another rural Georgia hospital in danger of closing. The facility established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt has filed an emergency request for a federal judge to rein in the agency...

Posted: a day ago

Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital may have a grand history, and it may have disabled patients it helps to regain function. But it’s also just another rural Georgia hospital in danger of closing. The facility established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt has filed an emergency request for a federal judge to rein in the agency...
Georgia Democrats protest Kemp’s Medicaid waiver bill
 Georgia Democrats in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday stood together to denounce Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care proposal to deal with poor and middle-class Georgians struggling with health care costs. At a press conference called on the steps inside the state Capitol, they said the bill falls short of a cheaper...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia Democrats in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday stood together to denounce Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care proposal to deal with poor and middle-class Georgians struggling with health care costs. At a press conference called on the steps inside the state Capitol, they said the bill falls short of a cheaper...
Georgia Senate panel backs health care waiver bill to expand coverage
 Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday passed a bill to give the governor power to shape two programs that could improve access to government-funded health care for more Georgians. The measure, Senate Bill 106, passed the committee on a 9-4 vote, with mostly Republicans voting against the Democratic...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday passed a bill to give the governor power to shape two programs that could improve access to government-funded health care for more Georgians. The measure, Senate Bill 106, passed the committee on a 9-4 vote, with mostly Republicans voting against the Democratic...
Obamacare sign-up for Georgia counties hit by hurricane about to end
 Open enrollment for 2019 insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange market is over Wednesday for all locations in Georgia. Open enrollment for ACA plans, also known as Obamacare, generally went from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. But several dozen counties in Georgia received an extension because they had been affected by Hurricane...

Posted: 3 days ago

Open enrollment for 2019 insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange market is over Wednesday for all locations in Georgia. Open enrollment for ACA plans, also known as Obamacare, generally went from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. But several dozen counties in Georgia received an extension because they had been affected by Hurricane...
Georgia hospitals’ unity fractures on big-ticket legislative battle
 The biggest political battle in the 2019 legislative session may be the knotty struggle over a state hospital regulation, certificate of need, or CON. And it has now claimed a big casualty: The Georgia Hospital Association’s unity is cracking. Mostly, the CON battle has two sides: private treatment facilities and the entrepreneurs...

Posted: 3 days ago

The biggest political battle in the 2019 legislative session may be the knotty struggle over a state hospital regulation, certificate of need, or CON. And it has now claimed a big casualty: The Georgia Hospital Association’s unity is cracking. Mostly, the CON battle has two sides: private treatment facilities and the entrepreneurs...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Kemp unveils plan seeking health care waivers
 Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Wednesday that could remake health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Or just a few. The Patients First Act would give the governor wide latitude to approve a range of options in pursuit of federal “waivers” with the aim of improving government-funded health care access for the poor...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Wednesday that could remake health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Or just a few. The Patients First Act would give the governor wide latitude to approve a range of options in pursuit of federal “waivers” with the aim of improving government-funded health care access for the poor...
Northside and Gwinnett to merge into metro Atlanta hospital giant
 Northside Hospital System and Gwinnett Health System received federal approval to merge after years of trying, clearing the path for a health care giant dominating much of north metro Atlanta. Intensifying the region’s health care consolidation blitz, the merger announced Tuesday will leave four adult hospital groups in metro Atlanta...

Posted: 9 days ago

Northside Hospital System and Gwinnett Health System received federal approval to merge after years of trying, clearing the path for a health care giant dominating much of north metro Atlanta. Intensifying the region’s health care consolidation blitz, the merger announced Tuesday will leave four adult hospital groups in metro Atlanta...
Kemp’s proposal sparks Georgia Medicaid waiver debate
 What to do about Georgia’s thousands of poor adults without health coverage sparked a wave of debate Friday, one day after Gov. Brian Kemp was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution embarking on plans to address it. Democrats decried Kemp’s plan to spend $1 million on researching and developing a more conservative Georgia...

Posted: 13 days ago

What to do about Georgia’s thousands of poor adults without health coverage sparked a wave of debate Friday, one day after Gov. Brian Kemp was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution embarking on plans to address it. Democrats decried Kemp’s plan to spend $1 million on researching and developing a more conservative Georgia...
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW: A Georgia Medicaid waiver
 For seven years, Georgia GOP leaders have rebuffed the notion of expanding Medicaid to cover the state’s poorest, citing concerns about future costs. That may be about to change, as newly installed leaders consider doing an expansion but with a “waiver” to allow Georgia to shape the program more conservatively...

Posted: 14 days ago

For seven years, Georgia GOP leaders have rebuffed the notion of expanding Medicaid to cover the state’s poorest, citing concerns about future costs. That may be about to change, as newly installed leaders consider doing an expansion but with a “waiver” to allow Georgia to shape the program more conservatively...
Kemp to seek Medicaid, Obamacare waivers for Georgia
 Gov. Brian Kemp will ask the Georgia Legislature and the federal government for flexibility to improve access to government-funded health insurance for the state’s poor and middle class. His administration told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that it will back a measure that seeks two separate federal “waivers&rdquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gov. Brian Kemp will ask the Georgia Legislature and the federal government for flexibility to improve access to government-funded health insurance for the state’s poor and middle class. His administration told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that it will back a measure that seeks two separate federal “waivers&rdquo...