Category Archives: Collections

Medicaid in Times of Crisis, and An Introduction to Our New Special Product—The Health Care Capsules

Did you know Medicaid can be used in times of crisis? From natural disasters to the pandemic, Medicaid has been used to protect groups of people and mitigate damages. In today’s WatchBlog post, we look at how Medicaid is used … Continue reading

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Rural Hospital Closures Create More Distance Between Residents and Care

Rural hospitals provide essential health care to both rural and nearby urban communities, including COVID-19 treatment and services. Yet, more than 100 rural hospitals closed from January 2013 to February 2020. While this number may seem small, it’s having a … Continue reading

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Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Testing Still Present Challenges in Federal Pandemic Response

Since November 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has dramatically increased, further straining health care systems across the country. Today’s WatchBlog looks at our newest report on the federal pandemic response, which describes the status of ongoing … Continue reading

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How GAO’s Recommendations Can Help the New Congress and President

What are some of the most important changes the federal government should make? Today’s WatchBlog looks at GAO’s priority recommendations for agencies—actions that warrant attention, could save large amounts of money, help Congress make decisions on major issues, and substantially … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccines and the Lessons Learned from H1N1

As the federal government responds to the coronavirus pandemic, we here at GAO have been monitoring the response efforts—including reviewing COVID-19 vaccine development and authorization. Today’s WatchBlog explores our past work on vaccine distribution and lessons learned from the H1N1 … Continue reading

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Recent Cyberattacks Further Highlight Need For Action

Recent high-profile and widespread cyberattacks on federal agencies and national infrastructure have further highlighted the need for the government to address this attack and prevent future ones. However, these threats and the challenges in addressing them are long-standing and have … Continue reading

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Getting in Fiscal Shape — How Changing Future Spending and Revenue Could Improve Government Finances (interactive graphic)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic turmoil and resulted in unprecedented federal spending to address the public health and economic crisis. However, even before the pandemic, the federal government was on an unsustainable fiscal path caused by an imbalance in … Continue reading

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Why Do Banks Share Your Financial Information and Are They Allowed To?

In a word: yes. If you’ve ever applied for a loan, you know that banks and credit unions collect a lot of personal financial information from you, such as your income and credit history. And it’s not uncommon for lenders … Continue reading

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Why is CDC Screening Fewer People for Breast and Cervical Cancer?

About 265,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer in 2017, according to the most recently available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early screening and detection of cancer, followed by prompt treatment, … Continue reading

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How GAO Can Help in a Congressional and Presidential Transition

The 117th Congress and the incoming Presidential administration will be taking office in a time that presents significant challenges to the government. These include the coronavirus pandemic and its far-reaching public health and economic effects; the evolving issues around race … Continue reading

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