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We reviewed expenditures of federal funds reported by 39 Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) affiliates. PPFA affiliates, which operate over 600 centers across the U.S., receive federal funding to provide health-related services to patients.
In 2020, the federal government and the state of South Dakota sponsored Fourth of July celebrations and related events in Washington, D.C., and at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota—all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Spanish translation was issued after publication. Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-21-317SP.
States and U.S. territories paid contractors about half of their Medicaid spending for health care and other services in 2018.
Jobs in home care are expected to grow by 40 percent in the next decade to meet demand from older adults and people with disabilities. Despite being part of one of the fastest growing industries, many home care workers did not have federal minimum wage and overtime protections until 2015.
Prescription medications, if misused or overprescribed, can lead to dangerous drug interactions, abuse, overdose, or death. Prescription drug monitoring programs—state-operated electronic databases that track patient prescriptions for opioids and other medications—can help.
Treatment for opioid use disorder may involve buprenorphine—a drug that can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
We reviewed the use of long-acting injectable and implantable forms of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.
Brain injuries may be common in domestic violence victims, and such injuries may be under-diagnosed and under-treated. There is little federal data on the prevalence of this public health problem, so it’s uncertain whether federal resources are addressing it efficiently.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.