Disabilities (11 - 16 of 16 items)
Americans With Disabilities Act: Effects of the Law on Access to Goods and Services
PEMD-94-14AC: Published: Jun 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has increased disabled persons' access to goods and services provided by businesses and state and local governments, focusing on: (1) the changes in accessibility for disabled persons; (2) the most common accessibility barriers; (3) the changes in business owners' awareness of their resp...
Social Security: SSA Could Save Millions by Targeting Reviews of State Disability Decisions
HRD-90-28: Published: Mar 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) effectiveness in evaluating state disability determination services' (DDS) disability determinations.GAO found that: (1) in 1988, SSA reviews saved an estimated $69 million in disability payments but only corrected about 10.5 percent of erroneous DDS allowances; (2) SSA did not have enough medical personnel to evaluate all the cases that it s...
Social Security: Demonstration Projects Concerning Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-87-35: Published: Feb 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) observed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation and evaluation of its demonstration projects involving disability claimants' eligibility interviews; (2) discussed implementation plans with SSA officials; and (3) reviewed the scope of work and the design and analysis plan developed by the contractor SSA selected to evaluate the pro...
Social Security Administration's Program for Reviewing the Continuing Eligibility of Disabled Persons
121775: Jun 30, 1983
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts over the past 2 years in reexamining the continued eligibility of persons on the disability rolls. These reexaminations are referred to as continuing disability investigations (CDI's). SSA has taken several initiatives over the past year to improve the review process, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services recently announced...
Controls Over Medical Examinations Necessary for the Social Security Administration To Better Determine Disability
HRD-79-119: Published: Oct 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1979.
In 1978 the federal disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Insurance program paid about $72 million for independent medical examinations of persons claiming disability. The need for and the quality of the medical information purchased is not well documented. Program officials do not know how often state agencies have paid for independent medical examinations which were too comp...
A Plan for Improving the Disability Determination Process by Bringing It Under Complete Federal Management Should Be Developed
HRD-78-146: Published: Aug 31, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1978.
The most important step in considering claims for Social Security disability benefits is determining whether a claimant is disabled. State agencies carry out the disability determination process under contractual agreements with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In 1977, about 6.7 million disability beneficiaries received disability benefits of about $14.0 billion.The means u...