08 Apr '15, 8pm

One year after Phoenix, the VA is under more scrutiny than ever

One year after Phoenix, the VA is under more scrutiny than ever

As the VA chips away at a long-standing backlog in disability claims, the backlog for appeals of denied claims is growing . More than 300,000 appeals are pending as of January, according to the VA. Nationally, the average length of time to receive a decision on an appeal is 1,255 days — nearly 3½ years. The wanton dispensing of narcotics at a Wisconsin hospital earned it the nickname “Candy Land .” Patients at the Tomah Medical Center were 2.5 times more likely than the national average to receive high doses of opiates. Six congressional hearings have been held this year to discuss overmedication and abuse of authority at the Tomah VA. The Choice Card program that enables veterans who live far away from a VA or face 30-day or more wait times to access private care was quickly labeled as flawed . The restrictive 40-mile rule has already been eased. Construction of a medical...

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