State programs (21 - 30 of 42 items)
Private Health Insurance: Wide Variation in State Insurance Departments' Regulatory Authority, Oversight and Resources
T-HRD-93-25: Published: May 27, 1993. Publicly Released: May 27, 1993.
GAO discussed: (1) how state insurance departments regulate health insurance; (2) the resources they commit to these efforts; and (3) the implications that health care reform could have on state insurance departments' roles and responsibilities. GAO noted that: (1) state insurance departments' authority in regulating health insurance is limited and varies among states; (2) 24 percent of health car...
Childhood Immunization: Opportunities to Improve Immunization Rates at Lower Cost
HRD-93-41: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined options to reduce Medicaid costs for immunizing children.GAO found that: (1) nine states have established vaccine replacement programs in which health agencies purchase low-cost vaccines through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contracts and supply them free to Medicaid providers; (2) ten states purchase low-cost vaccines from C...
Long-Term Care Insurance: Actions Needed to Reduce Risks to Consumers
T-HRD-92-44: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed its recent studies of long-term care insurance. GAO noted that: (1) many consumers are vulnerable to considerable risks in purchasing long-term care insurance because states have not adopted optional standards drafted by a national insurance industry association; (2) insurance companies have adopted the standards more quickly than states, but most policies reviewed did not meet the s...
ADMS Block Grant: Women's Set-Aside Does Not Assure Drug Treatment for Pregnant Women
T-HRD-91-37: Published: Jun 20, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1991.
GAO discussed the role of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Services Block Grant women's set-aside in addressing the treatment needs of drug-abusing women, particularly pregnant women and mothers with young children, focusing on: (1) the barriers facing pregnant women and mothers seeking treatment; (2) whether Congress has sufficient information to oversee states' use of the set-aside to...
Mental Health Plans: Many States May Not Meet Deadlines for Plan Implementation
HRD-90-142: Published: Sep 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO evaluated states' implementation of the State Comprehensive Mental Health Services Plan Act of 1986, which required states to plan and implement community-based care for the seriously mentally ill.GAO found that: (1) it was too early to fairly assess implementation, since states were not required to fully implement their plans until September 1991; (2) mo...
Drug Treatment: Some Clinics Not Meeting Goal of Prompt Treatment for Intravenous Drug Users
HRD-90-80BR: Published: Apr 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) extent to which programs receiving alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services (ADMS) block grant funds provided timely treatment for intravenous (IV) drug users; and (2) Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) oversight of state efforts to implement those provisions.GAO found that: (1) states generally implemented the five IV d...
Federal-State-Local Relations: Trends of the Past Decade and Emerging Issues
HRD-90-34: Published: Mar 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1990.
GAO provided information on: (1) key changes in the federal government's relationship with states and localities over the past decade; and (2) intergovernmental partnerships.GAO found that: (1) federalism policy changes and the growing federal deficit have caused the intergovernmental system's decentralization and states' increased role in the system; (2) federal-local relationships were reduced;...
VA Health Care: Efforts to Assure Quality of Care in State Homes
HRD-90-40: Published: Nov 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): (1) inspected state homes frequently enough to evaluate the care veterans received; and (2) used adequate procedures to assess the quality of care provided in state homes. GAO also determined whether VA had implemented three GAO recommendations made in 1981 to: (1) revise its state home inspection...
Youth Camps: Nationwide and State Data on Safety and Health Lacking
HRD-89-140: Published: Sep 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information on youth camp safety and health, focusing on: (1) how many accidents, illnesses, and fatalities occurred at youth camps each year; (2) to what extent states developed youth camp safety and health standards; (3) how and to what extent states enforced those standards; and (4) the effects of proposed federal youth camp safety and health le...
Nationwide and State Data on Youth Camp Safety and Health Not Collected
T-HRD-89-27: Published: Sep 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1989.
GAO discussed youth camp safety and health, focusing on: (1) how many accidents, illnesses, and fatalities occurred at youth camps each year; (2) state youth camp safety and health standards and their enforcement of those standards; and (3) the effect of proposed federal legislation on states. GAO found that: (1) except for Maryland, which enacted but did not implement new youth camp legislation,...