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Senate expected to pass the $16.3 billion bill.
A 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.
A 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.
A whistle-blower claims that the Phoenix VA tried to hide the deaths of at least seven veterans who died while awaiting care.
President 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 Hospitals
Hopes 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.
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.
President Barack Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned over the recent scandal that has plagued the department.
Navy veteran Ken Senft turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care in 2011 after his private insurance grew too costly. It could have been a fatal mistake, he now says.
Four prominent veterans groups and Republican Sen. Richard Burr are hurling accusations at each other after the veterans organizations declined to embrace Burr’s call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign amid reports of treatment delays and falsified records at VA hospitals.