Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brownback knocks Kansas veterans wait list, urges reform of VA system

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 6/9/2014

TOPEKA — It’s unacceptable that any veteran who has served the nation wait for an extended period before receiving health care services, Gov. Brownback said Monday after the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs released the results of an audit showing 110 Kansans on a wait list for services.

“This is an issue that requires immediate action by the federal government,” Brownback said. “I, along with five other Republican governors, have asked that our states be granted the authority to review Veterans Affairs medical facilities. We could then partner with the Veterans Health Administration to ensure there is accountability and that changes are implemented.

TOPEKA — It’s unacceptable that any veteran who has served the nation wait for an extended period before receiving health care services, Gov. Brownback said Monday after the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs released the results of an audit showing 110 Kansans on a wait list for services.

“This is an issue that requires immediate action by the federal government,” Brownback said. “I, along with five other Republican governors, have asked that our states be granted the authority to review Veterans Affairs medical facilities. We could then partner with the Veterans Health Administration to ensure there is accountability and that changes are implemented.

“I continue to advocate for veterans and believe that any veteran who is unable to get an appointment at the VA within 30 days, should receive federal vouchers to seek treatment from other healthcare providers in the state,” the governor said.

With the national scandal involving the department expanded to Kansas, Brownback urged President Obama to reform the VA.

“The existence of these ‘waiting lists’ for our veterans to receive medical care is unacceptable,” Brownback said previously. “We have an obligation to provide these men and women who fought for our nation with timely, quality health care.”

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