Eligibility determinations (121 - 130 of 215 items)
Social Security: Rapid Rise in Children on SSI Disability Rolls Follows New Regulations
HEHS-94-225: Published: Sep 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the increase in children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, focusing on the increase in benefits: (1) for mental impairments; and (2) based on the new functional assessment process.GAO found that: (1) in the last 4 years, the number of children receiving SSI benefits more than doubled after the Social Security Adm...
Social Security Disability: SSA Quality Assurance Improvements Can Produce More Accurate Payments
HEHS-94-107: Published: Jun 3, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the quality assurance (QA) mechanisms the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to promote accuracy and consistency in disability determinations for the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.GAO found that: (1) although SSA has reported a 94-percent accuracy rate for state disability determination services' (...
Social Security Disability: Most of Gender Difference Explained
HEHS-94-94: Published: May 27, 1994. Publicly Released: May 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program's allowance rates for older women, focusing on whether: (1) women aged 55 to 64 are receiving DI benefits at a lower rate than men; (2) the gender difference in allowance rates is due to differences in the type and severity of impairment or applicants' demographic characteristics; and (3) bias a...
Quality Assurance Independence
HEHS-94-151R: Published: Apr 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) regional structure for ensuring the quality of disability decisions made by state disability determination services (DDS). GAO found that: (1) each SSA region's Disability Quality Branch (DQB) works cooperatively with regional medical consultants (RMC) to review the accuracy of disability decisions; (2) based on DQB review, SSA assesses wheth...
Food Assistance: Early Results of USDA's No-Fee School Meal Pilot Program
T-RCED-94-184: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) No-Fee School Meal Pilot Program, focusing on: (1) the differences between the no-fee pilot program and the traditional school meal programs; (2) the different approaches used by four school food authorities (SFA) participating in the pilot program; and (3) SFA administrative costs and workload, student participation, and federal costs. GAO note...
Long-Term Care Reform: Program Eligibility, States' Service Capacity, and Federal Role in Reform Need More Consideration
T-HEHS-94-144: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed long-term health care reform, focusing on: (1) eligibility determinations; (2) service capacity; and (3) the federal role in implementing long-term care reform. GAO noted that: (1) long-term health care reform is needed because of changing demography, rising costs, and dissatisfaction with current services; (2) the principles of long-term care ref...
Social Security Administration: Major Changes in SSA's Business Processes Are Imperative
T-AIMD-94-106: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
GAO discussed the proposed restructuring of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability insurance determination process, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the restructuring; and (2) major implementation issues. GAO noted that: (1) the proposed restructuring will address major fundamental changes needed to cope with increasing disability determination workloads and processing times; (2) SS...
Infants and Toddlers: Dramatic Increases in Numbers Living in Poverty
HEHS-94-74: Published: Apr 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the potential expansion of the Head Start Program to include infants and toddlers, focusing on the: (1) demographic and economic characteristics of infants and toddlers as shown in the 1980 and 1990 decennial census; and (2) eligibility criteria of major early childhood programs and the percentage of the infant and toddler population they serve.GAO...
Social Security Administration: Many Letters Difficult to Understand
T-HEHS-94-126: Published: Mar 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the clarity of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) written correspondence, focusing on whether SSA correspondence: (1) is generally understood by the public; and (2) adequately explains the basis for SSA decisions. GAO noted that: (1) SSA correspondence letters are computer generated; (2) SSA has had longstanding problems communicating the...
Social Security: Continuing Disability Review Process Improved, But More Targeted Reviews Needed
T-HEHS-94-121: Published: Mar 10, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1994.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new process for conducting continuing disability reviews (CDR) using computer profiling and beneficiary-reported data. GAO noted that: (1) although SSA is required to conduct CDR every 3 years, it is not legally required to perform CDR of individual supplemental security income (SSI) disability beneficiaries; (2) approximately $1.4 billion i...