Buchanan Calls Findings of VA Audit “Unacceptable”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today issued the following statement in response to the release of the VA’s internal audit on scheduling practices at medical facilities across the country.
“The findings of this audit are unacceptable and underscores the need for action by the administration and Congress to ensure that veterans receive the care they need and deserve,” Buchanan said.
The audit released on Monday revealed that more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting at least 90 days for their first medical appointment, according to the Associated Press. The report said the agency’s standard target goal of 14-day wait periods is “not attainable” as a result of poor planning and the growing demand for VA services.
The U.S. House is expected to vote later this week on the “Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014,” legislation sponsored by Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller. The bill would require the VA to provide non-VA care authorization to any enrolled veteran who resides more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility or has waited longer than seven days for primary care and 14 days for specialty care.
Buchanan, co-Chair of Florida’s congressional delegation, will be hosting a bipartisan delegation hearing on Thursday to address the VA health care system in Florida.