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What About That VA Hospital Scandal?

The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care providers at veterans hospitals and, more seriously, the doctoring of records by some hospital administrators to hide that reality. Back […]

August 26, 2014

VA Fails To Acknowledge ‘Severity Of Problems,’ New Report Says

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — In another damning report on the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Monday assailed the VA for what investigators said was its unwillingness to acknowledge the “severity of systemic problems” that have put patients at risk. The special counsel, Carolyn N. Lerner, […]

June 23, 2014

Audit Reveals ‘Systemic’ Access To Care Woes For U.S. Veterans

Washington (AFP) – An audit on health care access for U.S. veterans released Monday confirmed the existence of fake waiting lists, prompting a top official to slam “systemic” problems for America’s wounded warriors seeking treatment. The report is the latest revelation in a political scandal that last month led to the resignation of Eric Shinseki […]

June 10, 2014

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal To Fix VA ‘Crisis’

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Senators on Thursday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving veterans’ health care in response to reports of Veterans Affairs employees falsifying records to conceal long waits for medical appointments. Senators Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and […]

June 5, 2014

Veterans Group Pushes For ‘Marshall Plan’ To Address VA Member Issues

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to take up reform legislation growing out of the VA health care scandal, a group representing Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans called Monday for a “Marshall Plan” for veterans and for the president to appoint a post-9/11 veteran or someone who understands the […]

June 2, 2014

VA’s Health Care System: Problems Undo Years Of Progress

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Wanted: A heath care system “uniquely positioned to lead the country in making … positive changes in the way health care is delivered.” It’s not likely that the Department of Veterans Affairs will be getting many takers on that anytime soon. But just four months ago, that […]

June 2, 2014

VA Investigation Turns Up Widespread Problems With Wait Times

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — An investigation of wait times for medical care at Veterans Affairs facilities has found “inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic” through the VA and “instances of manipulation of VA data that distort the legitimacy of reported waiting times,” prompting new calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. […]

May 28, 2014

Lawmakers Call For Criminal Probe Of Veterans Affairs Facilities

By Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Justice Department should enter the investigation of whether Veterans Affairs employees have falsified records to cover up long waits at VA medical facilities, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said Sunday. “Only the Department of Justice and the FBI have the resources, the expertise and the authority to […]

May 26, 2014