GAO'S 2013 HIGH-RISK UPDATE Medicare and Medicaid

February 2013
GAO Reports;2/27/2013, preceding p1
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The article offers reasons why the Government Accountability Office (GAO) designated Medicaid and Medicare as high risk in the U.S. The agency rated Medicare as high-risk in 1990 due to its intricacy as well as its vulnerability to improper payments, thereby making it difficult to manage. Meanwhile, it also designated Medicaid as high-risk due to its size, diverse programs, growth and fiscal oversight adequacy.


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