Gardner And Bennet Question VA Over Wait Lists

Colorado Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet recently sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, regarding the recent report from the VA Inspector General, which found unofficial wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. In the letter, the senators say the practice of using unofficial wait lists is extremely concerning, and may lead our veterans to mistrust the system that exists to help them. The senators say unofficial wait lists result in a lack of transparency and deny veterans the timely care they deserve, ultimately putting our veterans at risk. Gardner and Bennet say that the unofficial wait lists are unacceptable, and that it’s critical for the bad actors who supervised the prohibited wait lists to be held accountable. The letter calls on the VA to take steps to ensure the policy of not using unofficial wait lists is upheld and to send the senators quarterly reports so progress can be monitored.

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