Boehner: Veterans Affairs Department No Better Off Year After Shinseki ResignedThe Department of Veterans Affairs is no better off a year after former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsified records to cover up the delays, House Speaker John Boehner charged Wednesday.
VA Fires Four Senior Executives In Response To ScandalThe dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law over the summer making it easier for veterans who experience delays to get care outside VA's nationwide network of hospitals and clinics.
Veterans Affairs: No Proof Delays At VA Hospital Caused DeathsThe Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.
Obama Taking Executive Action To Improve Mental Well-Being Of VetsThree months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.
VA Official: Wait Times For Vets, Probes Of Employees Accused Of Falsifying Data Can Be Cleared Up In 2 YearsLong wait times for veterans to get health care can be cleared up in two years, along with investigations of employees accused of falsifying data to hide the problem, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.
House Approves VA Health Care OverhaulSenate expected to pass the $16.3 billion bill.
Deal To Improve Veterans Health Care Authorizes $15B In Emergency SpendingA bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
VA Official: 'I Apologize' For Retaliation Against WhistleblowersA federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints — including 25 complaints filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal involving long patient waits and falsified records at VA hospitals and clinics became public.
Whistle-Blower Claims Phoenix VA Covered-Up Deaths Of At Least 7 VetsA whistle-blower claims that the Phoenix VA tried to hide the deaths of at least seven veterans who died while awaiting care.
Obama's Choice To Be Top Health Official At VA Department Withdraws NominationPresident Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.
Hopes Fade Senators Could Quickly Craft Bill To Help Vets Facing Long Appointment Waits At VA HospitalsHopes faded late Wednesday that key senators could quickly craft a compromise bill that would help veterans facing long appointment waits at veterans hospitals and make it easier to fire administrators who covered up the delays.
Senate GOP Bill Would Give Vets More Flexibility To See Private Doctor A bill proposed by four Senate Republicans would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.