Waiting Lists For Veteran’s Care Is Longer Now Than A Year Ago
According to The New York Times, the number of veterans on waiting lists for a month or longer is now 50 percent higher than it was during the peak of last year’s problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall, which could affect care for many veterans.
The New York Times:
Wait Lists Grow As Many More Veterans Seek Care And Funding Falls Far Short
One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say. The department is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall, which could affect care for many veterans. (Oppel, 6/20)
The Associated Press:
Report: Wait Lists For Vets Even Longer Today Than Last Year
The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also faces a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted online ahead of its Sunday editions. The agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves to reduce the gap, the newspaper reported. (6/20)