Why aren’t newly enrolled US veterans receiving timely care


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Systems for accessing health care from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs do not “effectively oversee newly enrolled veterans’ access to primary care,” according to a new US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The GAO found that VA scheduling practices often leave veterans seeking primary care from the VHA with weeks- to months-long waits for appointments with the medical agency.

“This report proves what we’ve long known: wait-time manipulation continues at VA and the department’s wait-time rhetoric doesn’t match up with the reality of veterans’ experiences,” said Rep. Jeff Miller (R) of Fla., the Veteran Affairs committee chairman, according to USA Today. “I am not at all surprised these problems persist,” he added.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2016/0419/Why-aren-t-newly-enrolled-US-veterans-receiving-timely-care

 

The right’s campaign to privatize VA care reaches a new level


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In the last presidential election, Mitt Romney chose to float a provocative idea on Veterans’ Day. “Sometimes you wonder,” the Republican asked, “would there be some way to introduce some private sector competition” into veterans’ care?
A spokesperson for Veterans of Foreign Wars very quickly made clear the VFW “doesn’t support privatization of veterans’ health care,” and Romney backpedaled soon after, saying he was just kicking around a hypothetical scenario he didn’t intend to pursue.
Four years later, however, as Rachel has noted on the show, some of the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls have included at least partial VA privatization plans in their platforms– Ben Carson went so far as to say, “We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs” – despite the VA’s record of excellence, and the fact that the VA system as a whole“outperforms the rest of the health care system by just about every metric. Surveys also show that veterans give VA hospitals and clinics a higher customer satisfaction than patients give private-sector hospitals.”
It’s important to remember, though, that GOP proposals are part of a broader ideological campaign. In their latest issue, my friends at the Washington Monthly published a fascinating investigative report on the effort to privatize the VA launched by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a conservative outfit that’s received support from the Kochs’ operation.

40,000 Packages of Backlogged Claims


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More than 40,000 backlogged mail packages of veterans’ disability claims material were discovered at a VA regional office in Florida, according to a new report from the VA inspector general.

Investigators also found more than 1,600 boxes of unprocessed veterans’ claims material at a scanning facility with which the St. Petersburg, Florida, regional office was contracting.

The report, published Wednesday, comes just after VA officials touted the reduction of backlogged claims to just under 75,000 cases, a decrease of 88 percent from the highest point in 2013. While the agency had committed to reducing claims backlog to zero by the end of fiscal year 2015, VA officials have since admitted that it may never reach “absolute zero.”

http://freebeacon.com/issues/40000-packages-of-backlogged-claims-material-discovered-at-single-va-office/

VA Awarded $142M in Bonuses to Troubled Offices


10d08c61-05de-469d-a04a-bb1f025e3c9f Citing data provided by GOP Florida Rep. Jeff Miller’s House Veterans Affairs Committee, the newspaper reports a total of 156,000 executives, managers and workers collected bonuses for their 2014 performance, with payments ranging $8 to as much as $12,705, with the average totaling $909.

Miller tells the newspaper the data shows a “disturbing trend of rewarding employees who preside over corruption and incompetence.”

“Rewarding failure only breeds more failure,” he tells the newspaper. “Until VA leaders learn this important lesson and make a commitment to supporting real accountability at the department, efforts to reform VA are doomed to fail.”

https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/veterans-affairs-scandal-awards-bonuses/2015/11/11/id/701681/

VA AWARDED $142M IN BONUSES TO TROUBLED OFFICES


va-hospital The VA also rewarded off-site executives managing a Denver building project that veered $1 billion over budget, USA Today reports.

Citing data provided by GOP Florida Rep. Jeff Miller’s House Veterans Affairs Committee, the newspaper reports a total of 156,000 executives, managers and workers collected bonuses for their 2014 performance, with payments ranging $8 to as much as $12,705, with the average totaling $909.

http://www.infowars.com/va-awarded-142m-in-bonuses-to-troubled-offices/

VA tells Florida veterans they’re dead, cuts off benefits


vastory_43 That’s why the Pinellas County, Florida, resident was alarmed when his VA check didn’t show up in his bank account Monday. He called the Department of Veterans Affairs office to find out why, and their response was stunning: The benefits had been suspended because he was dead.

http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-11-05/story/va-tells-florida-veterans-theyre-dead-cuts-benefits