Federally Funded Health Services:

Information on Seven Programs Serving Low-Income Women and Children

HRD-92-73FS: Published: May 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on services, eligibility, and program interrelationships for seven programs that fund the delivery of health services for low-income pregnant women and children.

GAO found that: (1) all seven programs are authorized to serve the health care needs of low-income women, children, or both, but each program targets a slightly different population, and the services available under each program vary; (2) the extent to which authorized services are available depends on several factors, including resource limitations, services authorized as optional, and discretionary services; (3) all seven programs permit the use of program funds for specific services that are not expressly health care services, such as transportation assistance for the purpose of receiving medical care as a reimbursable service, or information about provider availability; (4) each of the seven programs has federal laws, regulations, or guidelines which coordinate with other specifically designated programs or with unspecified related federal health programs and activities; and (5) legislation and oversight responsibilities for the seven programs are vested in so many institutions and other entities that coordination is complex and difficult.

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