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Health Savings Accounts: Participation Increased and Was More Common among Individuals with Higher Incomes
GAO-08-474R: Published: Apr 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2008.
With health care spending increasing in the United States, you enacted legislation effective in 2004 establishing tax advantaged health savings accounts (HSA) to be coupled with high-deductible health insurance plans. HSA-eligible high-deductible health plans typically have lower premiums than traditional health plans and HSAs allow account holders to accumulate tax-free savings to pay for medical...
Global HIV/AIDS: Survey of PEPFAR Country Team Officials (GAO-08-534SP), an E-supplement to GAO-08-480
GAO-08-534SP: Published: Apr 2, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2008.
This is the E-supplement to GAO-08-480. This document presents the results of our electronic survey of 41 U.S. officials implementing PEPFAR funding in 15 focus countries (country team officials). We conducted the survey to identify potential challenges to implementing an alternative approach, developed from HIV/AIDS experts' suggestions, to allocating funds for the next 5-year phase of PEPFAR. Th...
Global HIV/AIDS: A More Country-Based Approach Could Improve Allocation of PEPFAR Funding
GAO-08-480: Published: Apr 2, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2008.
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) provides assistance for combating HIV/AIDS in 15 focus countries and elsewhere, with global targets for prevention, treatment, and care. The U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Act of 2003, which authorizes the $15 billion program, contains directives to guide the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator's (OGAC) allocation of...
DOD Pharmacy Program: Continued Efforts Needed to Reduce Growth in Spending at Retail Pharmacies
GAO-08-327: Published: Apr 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2008.
Estimated to reach $15 billion by 2015, the Department of Defense's (DOD) prescription drug spending has been a growing concern for the federal government. The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2007 required GAO to examine DOD's pharmacy benefits program. Specifically, as discussed with the committees of jurisdiction, GAO examined DOD's prescription drug spendin...
Federal Compensation Programs: Perspectives on Four Programs for Individuals Injured by Exposure to Harmful Substances
GAO-08-628T: Published: Apr 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2008.
The U.S. federal government has played an ever-increasing role in providing benefits to individuals injured as a result of exposure to harmful substances. Over the years, it has established several key compensation programs, including the Black Lung Program, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program (RECP), and the Energy Employees Occupational Ill...
September 11: Fiscal Year 2008 Cost Estimation Process for World Trade Center Health Programs
GAO-08-537R: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
Following the World Trade Center (WTC) attack, federal funding was provided to government agencies and private organizations to establish programs for screening, monitoring, or treating responders for illnesses and conditions related to the WTC disaster. Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupatio...
Medicare Advantage: Higher Spending Relative to Medicare Fee-for-Service May Not Ensure Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs for Beneficiaries
GAO-08-522T: Published: Feb 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2008.
Although private health plans were originally envisioned in the 1980s as a potential source of Medicare savings, such plans have generally increased program spending. In 2006, Medicare paid $59 billion to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans--an estimated $7.1 billion more than Medicare would have spent if MA beneficiaries had received care in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS). MA plans receive a per member...
Defense Health Care: DOD Needs to Address the Expected Benefits, Costs, and Risks for Its Newly Approved Medical Command Structure
GAO-08-122: Published: Oct 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) operates one of the largest and most complex health systems in the nation and has a dual health care mission--readiness and benefits. The readiness mission provides medical services and support to the armed forces during military operations. The benefits mission provides health care to over 9 million eligible beneficiaries, including active duty personnel, retirees,...
TRICARE: Changes to Access Policies and Payment Rates for Services Provided by Civilian Obstetricians
GAO-07-941R: Published: Jul 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2007.
About 111,000 women covered by the Department of Defense's (DOD) TRICARE program gave birth during 2006. During their pregnancies, about half of these women received obstetric care from physicians and other providers practicing at military hospitals and clinics called military treatment facilities (MTF), while half received their care from civilian physicians and other civilian providers. In recen...
End-Stage Renal Disease: Medicare Should Pay a Bundled Rate for All ESRD Items and Services
GAO-07-1050T: Published: Jun 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2007.
GAO provided to Congress, as requested, a statement for the record on Medicare payments for certain drugs provided to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a condition of permanent kidney failure. Through Medicare's ESRD benefit, patients receive a treatment known as dialysis, which removes excess fluids and toxins from the bloodstream. Patients also receive items and services related to t...