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Elder Justice: Strengthening Efforts to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-140T: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
We found that state and local social services, criminal justice, and consumer protection agencies face many challenges as they work to prevent and respond to elder financial exploitation. For example:Officials in each of the four states we contacted cited the need for more safeguards to prevent exploitation by financial services providers, power of attorney agents, and paid in-home caregivers;Offi...
Elder Justice: National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-110: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Officials in each of the four states GAO contacted identified the need for more safeguards and public awareness activities to help prevent elder financial exploitation. They also noted that it is difficult to prevent exploitation by individuals such as financial services providers, power of attorney agents, guardians, and paid in-home caregivers. Although states have primary responsibility for com...
Internal Revenue Service, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, and Health Care Financing Administration: Interim Rules for Health Insurance Portability for Group Health Plans
OGC-97-39: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS), the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration's (PWBA), and the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) new interim rules on health insurance portability for group health plans. GAO noted that: (1) the new rules would govern access, portability, and renewability requirements for group health plans and...
The Older Americans Act: Access to and Utilization of the Ombudsman Program
PEMD-92-21: Published: May 6, 1992. Publicly Released: May 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Administration on Aging's (AOA) state-administered long-term care ombudsman program, focusing on: (1) program objectives; (2) program impact and measurement of that impact; (3) program utilization by nursing home and board and care facility residents; and (4) difficulties ombudsmen experience in gaining access to nursing home...
Access to and Utilization of the Ombudsman Program Under the Older Americans Act
T-PEMD-91-11: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1991.
GAO discussed the utilization, barriers, and impact of the Administration on Aging's (AOA) state-administered long-term care ombudsman program to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of nursing home residents. GAO noted that: (1) a 1988 study indicated that the total number of nursing home complaints was 102,231 with a median number of 906 complaints per state; (2) since AOA could not g...
Food and Drug Administration: Resources for Division of Scientific Investigations Have Been Reduced
HRD-86-136FS: Published: Aug 28, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on the activities of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Division of Scientific Investigations (DSI), specifically whether: (1) there have been major reductions in the DSI work force since 1981; (2) FDA filled vacant positions in DSI; (3) travel funds have been reduced; and (4) the location of the DSI office away from FDA headquart...
The Need for Expanded Federal Exclusion Authority
125177: Sep 18, 1984
Testimony was given on the need for expanded federal exclusion authority for medical practitioners to help ensure that Medicare and Medicaid recipients receive quality care. While reviewing Medicare and Medicaid operations, GAO found that it is possible for medical practitioners, who hold licenses in more than one state, to have one of these licenses suspended or revoked by a state licensing board...
Information on Dine-Out Feature of the Food Stamp Program
CED-81-72: Published: Feb 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1981.
The dine-out feature of the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program allows food stamp recipients who are at least 60 years of age to use food coupons to pay for meals in authorized restaurants.The number of States and restaurants participating in the dine-out feature has decreased. Six of the nine States that dropped the feature did so because of the low participation by eligible food stamp...