An internal audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed over 57,000 veterans are currently waiting more than 90 days to get a first appointment, while another 64,000 may have never received an appointment at all despite enrolling and requesting one. Last week, Congressman Scott Tipton and a number of his colleagues, in a bipartisan letter, urged Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to allow all veterans waiting an excessive amount of time for healthcare to have immediate access to private-sector medical providers. The House is expected to vote on legislation today from Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller that will help veterans who have been waitlisted or live in a rural area to receive immediate access to care. In a statement, Tipton said, “The findings of the VA’s internal audit are an outrage and reflect what I have heard firsthand from constituents across the district.” He went on to say “The solutions I am working on with my colleagues would help address those issues by improving timely health care for veterans through access to private-sector medical providers, and changing the culture at the VA by giving the Secretary the ability to more easily fire senior VA executives that have failed to do their jobs.” Veterans experiencing issues with a VA claim can contact Tipton’s office by phone or online. The phone number is 719-542-1073.