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The federal government faces a severe shortage of digital expertise in fields such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. A recent report urged establishing a new service academy—similar to the military academies—to train future digital civil servants.
To save money and improve health care quality, Medicare has been trying alternative payment models for reimbursing providers. Some models require providers to use electronic health records or to accept financial risk.
The CARES Act requires GAO to look at the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine development. Vaccines prepare the body to respond quickly to an infection and play a key role in keeping people and global communities healthy.
The Social Security Administration pays benefits to eligible people who are unable to work due to disability. State agencies review claims for disability benefits, and use "consultants" (physicians) to determine if claimants are medically eligible.
When COVID-19 vaccines became available, the federal government sent most doses to states to distribute but also set up its own vaccine distribution programs.
State and local health officials said the federal programs helped higher-risk groups get vaccinated.
In the U.S., about 1 in 10 young adults and 1 in 30 minors under age 18 experience homelessness without a parent or caregiver over the course of a year. Homelessness is higher among some groups, such as youth of color and transgender youth.
As the nation continues to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, recent increases in cases have hampered these efforts and created new challenges.
In our 8th comprehensive report, we found more ways to help the federal government address the pandemic and prepare for future emergencies.
In the U.S., about 30 million people—half of them children—have a rare disease. Many of these diseases are chronic, worsen over time, and are life-threatening. It can take years of testing and misdiagnoses to get a correct diagnosis; in that time, a patient's health can get worse.