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Tentative deal reached on VA reform
By Associated Press | July 27, 2014
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' healthcare.
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Talks over VA fix hit hurdle as recess nears for Congress
By Virgil Dickson | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What had seemed like one issue Republicans and Democrats could agree on suddenly fell into another partisan chasm last week in Washington, raising the specter of Congress adjourning for the summer without passing any measure to address long wait times and poor care at Veterans Affairs facilities.
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Competing new VA bills in Congress cloud prospects for any deal
By Virgil Dickson | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs' committees have released new competing proposals on how to address the waitlist woes currently plaguing the VA. The House version provides $10 billion in immediate emergency VA funding, while the Senate version would cost $25 billion over the...
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McDonald moves closer to VA secretary role; Senate could vote by Aug. 1
By Virgil Dickson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Robert McDonald on Tuesday moved a step closer to Senate confirmation as the next secretary of veterans affairs, appearing before the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs to favorable comments from committee members.
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VA seeks $17.6 billion for more staff, facilities
By Virgil Dickson | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for $10 billion in new funding to hire 10,000 additional clinical staff over the next two years and to pay for veterans' care delivered by private providers.
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VA seeks $17.6 billion to address gaps in care underlying long waits
By Virgil Dickson | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for $10 billion in new funding to hire 10,000 additional clinical staff over the next two years and to pay for veteran care performed by private providers. It also wants an additional $7.6 billion to construct eight new VA facilities around the...
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VA names interim medical inspector
By Associated Press | July 10, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector.
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Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA
By Associated Press | July 09, 2014
A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Veterans Affairs Department against employees who filed whistle-blower complaints—including 25 complaints filed since June 1, after a growing healthcare scandal involving long patient waits and...
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Alabama physicians form network to provide private care for state veterans
By Alabama.com | July 08, 2014
A group of Alabama physicians are teaming up to help provide medical care to veterans. The Medical Association of the State of Alabama is creating a registry of private physicians prepared to serve veterans outside the embattled Veterans Affairs Department healthcare system.
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Running VA may prove tough for McDonald
By Virgil Dickson | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Robert McDonald, newly nominated to become the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, will likely face little resistance to his confirmation, despite his limited military and government agency experience, veteran and political insiders say.
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