Tag Archives: health care

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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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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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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Operation Warp Speed—Federal Efforts to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutic Development

Note: This blog was updated on December 7 to clarify some references to the distribution and licensing aspects of a COVID-19 vaccine. Developing a vaccine can take 10 years or longer. However, as COVID-19 cases rapidly rose during the early … Continue reading

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The Risks of Lead Paint and How Lead is Detected in Blood

Lead exposure poses significant health risks—particularly to children whose growing bodies absorb more lead than adults. In recognition of Lead Poisoning Awareness Week, the WatchBlog is highlighting the dangers of lead poisoning. On Tuesday, we looked at the risk that … Continue reading

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How Can the Federal Government Strengthen Its Response to COVID-19?

Today’s WatchBlog looks at our third report on the implementation of the CARES Act and other pandemic relief measures. The report outlines the many effective steps the Administration and the Congress have taken to address issues, and identifies further steps … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear Artificial Intelligence, Plan for It

By Timothy Persons, GAO’s Chief Scientist and Managing Director of GAO’s Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team. Since the 1968 release of the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, artificial intelligence (AI) has captured our imagination, inspiring both wonder and fear. … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup—The Federal Response to COVID-19

Do you typically tune in to podcasts during your daily commute? If so, you might have missed out on some of our latest podcasts while being housebound by the pandemic. Catch up by checking out this overview of some of … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities in Health Care and the Role of Government

Over the past several years, GAO has been asked to examine various racial inequalities in public programs and we have made recommendations to find and address them. Today’s WatchBlog looks at disparities in health care. Maternal Mortality Our work has … Continue reading

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