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This report updates our oversight of federal actions to support public health, individuals, and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings include:
There have been shortages of personal protective equipment and testing supplies because very few of them are made in the U.S.
The catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria overwhelmed the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican governments and resulted in a large federal disaster response.
The Department of Health and Human Services led federal public health and medical services efforts.
What GAO Found The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) established criteria for the five grant programs covered by GAO's review that varied by program, but GAO found that CMHS did not document its application of criteria for about...
What GAO FoundThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations, supplemented by HHS guidance, require states and American Health Benefit Exchanges (exchanges) to carry out a number of key functions, for which state responsibilities...
What GAO FoundTemporary Assistance for Needy Families' (TANF) role in providing cash assistance has evolved; fewer eligible families receive cash assistance and the composition of the caseload has changed.
What GAO FoundAlthough many states requested and received waivers under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, no section 1115 waivers of TANF requirements have been granted by HHS since TANF's creation in 1996.