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Social Security: Disability Rolls Keep Growing, While Explanations Remain Elusive
HEHS-94-34: Published: Feb 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recent growth in social security disability insurance (DI) program beneficiaries, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the increase in DI beneficiaries; and (2) what information is needed to evaluate the program's potential for future growth.GAO found that: (1) the Social Security Administration (SSA) has forecasted that DI rolls will increase to o...
Social Security: Disability Benefits for Drug Addicts and Alcoholics Are Out of Control
T-HEHS-94-101: Published: Feb 10, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) payment of disability benefits to drug addicts and alcoholics. GAO noted that: (1) the number of addicts receiving disability benefits has substantially increased at an annual cost of about $1.4 billion; (2) SSA does not adequately monitor addicts receiving disability benefits and does not know the treatm...
Long-Term Care: Private Sector Elder Care Could Yield Multiple Benefits
HEHS-94-60: Published: Jan 31, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on private sector employees who provide elder care assistance, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the private sector assists its employees who care for the elderly; (2) whether the private sector is planning to change its elderly assistance practices; and (3) whether the private sector expects to increase its assistance to further sup...
Social Security: Rising Disability Rolls Raise Questions That Must Be Answered
T-HRD-93-15: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
GAO discussed the status of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. GAO noted that: (1) the rate at which insured persons apply for benefits has grown since 1989, and almost half of DI applicants receive benefits; (2) the program has evolved so that new beneficiaries are younger, suffer from mental impairments and receive Supplemental Security Income to supplement their DI benefi...
Social Security: SSA Needs to Improve Service for Program Participants
T-HRD-93-11: Published: Mar 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1993.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to improve service to the public, focusing on: (1) long delays in processing disability claims; (2) the reduction of continuing disability reviews (CDR); and (3) SSA long-range plans to improve overall service levels. GAO noted that: (1) SSA administers the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs wit...
Social Security: Racial Difference in Disability Decisions
T-HRD-92-41: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1992.
GAO discussed racial differences in the rates at which blacks and whites are allowed disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, blacks had lower allowance rates than whites in both initial and appeals decisions; (2) in many cases, factors other than race could explain the racial difference in allo...
Poverty Trends, 1980-88: Changes in Family Composition and Income Sources Among the Poor
PEMD-92-34: Published: Sep 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the size and composition of the poverty population, focusing on: (1) composition changes in regards to population growth, food and housing benefits, and federal taxes; (2) subgroup growth changes or poverty rates; and (3) the effect of proposed statistical adjustments on poverty rates.GAO found that: (1) the poor were likely to live...
Social Security: Racial Difference in Disability Decisions Warrants Further Investigation
HRD-92-56: Published: Apr 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the lower allowance rate for black applicants, when compared to white applicants, under the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs, focusing on reasons for the racial differences in: (1) state agencies' initial disability decisions; and (2) administrative law judges' (ALJ) appeals de...
Social Security: District Managers' Views on Outreach for Supplemental Security Income Program
HRD-91-19FS: Published: Oct 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided details of its telephone survey on the outreach activities for the Supplemental Security Income program carried out by field offices of the Social Security Administration (SSA).The GAO survey disclosed that: (1) SSA field offices implemented a wide range of outreach activities, but there was no clear consensus on which activity was the most effecti...
Insufficient Assurances That Board and Care Residents' Needs Are Being Identified and Met
T-HRD-89-9: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1989.
GAO discussed the quality of care provided to board and care home residents. GAO found that: (1) establishment and enforcement of licensing requirements varies among states; (2) state inspections of licensed board and care homes identified serious problems, including physical and sexual abuse and unsanitary conditions; (3) in situations involving poor care, three of the six states reviewed could o...