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GAO Still Views Veterans’ Health Care As ‘High Risk’ Issue

An auditors' report by the Government Accountability Office to be released next month will classify health care for veterans as an issue that threatens the federal budget and quality of care. These findings underscore the difficulties that will be faced by whomever President-elect Donald Trump chooses to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. Meanwhile, a U.S. Special Counsel says the Phoenix VA hospital is continuing to struggle with delays in care.

The Associated Press: Veterans Care Still 'High Risk' As Trump Mulls VA Head
Veterans health care remains a "high risk" issue threatening the federal budget and quality of care for former service members, auditors say in a forthcoming report. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office will place the Veteran Affairs Department's health system once again on its "high risk" list when it's released next month. (1/11)

Arizona Republic: Phoenix VA Problems? More Than 2 Years Later, Struggles Continue, Reports Say
The independent U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Phoenix's VA hospital "continues to struggle" with delayed care for patients nearly three years after it became the focal point of a national health-care crisis for veterans. In a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and Congress, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner noted that numerous allegations by another whistleblower at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center had been largely verified by internal reviews. (Wagner, 1/10)

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