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.
Obama: 'With Considerable Regret, I Accepted' Shinseki's ResignationPresident Barack Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned over the recent scandal that has plagued the department.
Vet Diagnosed With Cancer Told By VA Clinic Doctor It Could Take 2 Years To Get AppointmentNavy 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.
GOP Senator: Veterans Groups 'More Interested In Defending The Status Quo Within VA'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.