Ricardo’s Recent Stories
Nation Aug 04Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8 million
About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their tax returns.
Politics Jul 26State health insurance markets grapple with high costs
State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and low enrollment, challenges that could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with…
Politics Jul 10Obama administration again tries to address religious objections to free employer-provided birth control
Hoping to put to rest one of the most difficult disputes over its health care law, the Obama administration Friday unveiled its latest plan to address religious objections to providing free birth control for their female workers.
Health Jul 09Once politically toxic, Medicare plans to cover end-of-life counseling
WASHINGTON — Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress. This week, when Medicare finally announced it would make the…
Politics Jun 28What’s next for U.S. health policy?
There's no shortage of pressing issues, including prescription drug prices, high insurance deductibles and long-term care.
Politics Jun 20Study: Health care law repeal could increase budget deficit
A nonpartisan government study says repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit and the number of uninsured Americans would rise by more than 20 million.
Politics May 23Democrats’ next health care issue to tackle? ‘Underinsurance’
A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. It's not the uninsured, but rather the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already…
Politics May 10Poll: Many doubt court will rule fairly on health law case
Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama's health care law…
Health Apr 06Breast cancer overtreatment costs U.S. $4 billion a year
A new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors unlikely to cause problems.
Nation Apr 05Tax refunds for many take hit or get bump from health law
As the April 15 tax deadline nears, people who got help paying for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law are seeing the direct effect on their refunds - hundreds of dollars, for better or worse.