02 Aug '17, 10pm

Senator seeks answers after watchdog finds VA made $5.5 billion in improper payments:

Senator seeks answers after watchdog finds VA made $5.5 billion in improper payments:

WASHINGTON — The ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is seeking answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs after a VA watchdog found the agency made $5.5 billion in improper payments last year. The amount of improper payments increased by $500 million from the previous year, according to a report released in May from the VA Office of Inspector General. An improper payment can be either an over- or underpayment and is defined as one that “should not have been made or that was made in an incorrect amount.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sent a letter last week to VA Secretary David Shulkin, asking for his detailed plans to reduce the amount of money spent improperly. The improper payments were largely made through two VA health care programs in 2016 – VA community care, which allows veterans to seek care in the private sector...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/senator-seeks-answers-after-...

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