Stories by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

The investigative arm of Congress says the Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

US health care costs to hit high, government says

WASHINGTON - The nation's health care tab this year is expected to surpass an average of $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Advisers to Congress urge big changes to Medicare program

WASHINGTON - Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medi­care's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Investigator says FDA took its time with latest recall

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Tax, citizenship issues threaten care

WASHINGTON - Walt Whitlow was under treatment for cancer when he got an unwelcome surprise. His financial assistance under President Obama's health care law got slashed. That meant his premium ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

New health law premiums online Sunday

Premiums are expected to rise in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season under President Obama's health care law starts Nov. 1. But consumers have options if they shop around.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury

The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Government offers new rules on workplace wellness programs

In a victory for business, federal regulators said employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. 
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Uninsured get 2nd chance to sign up

WASHINGTON - Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance got a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, which could ease the sting of rising penalties for ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Health care Web site sends out wrong tax information

New woes for Tax filing delays after wrong info sent to nearly 1 million
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Health care premiums expected to rise

WASHINGTON - Many people covered under President Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Health law could affect tax refunds

WASHINGTON — Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you’re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Food service contractor backtracks after bumping thousands from health plan

WASHINGTON - A giant food service company unexpectedly reversed course Thursday after bumping thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2-year extension offered for canceled health plans

WASHINGTON - Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Feds try to smooth bumpy health care transition

WASHINGTON - Antici­pating more health care disruptions, the Obama administration Thursday announced a batch of measures intended to help consumers avoid lapses in their care.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Obama struggles to save health law

WASHINGTON - President Obama's health care law risks coming unglued because of his administration's bungles and his own inflated promises. To avoid that fate, Obama needs breakthroughs on three ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Healthcare premiums, choices unveiled

The Obama administration is unveiling premiums and choices in 36 states as the health overhaul debut draws nearer.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Health law requirement delayed

WASHINGTON - In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in a central requirement of the new health care law ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Friday, May 3, 2013

States fear loss of health care aid

WASHINGTON - Thous­ands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
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