Lawmakers have reached a bipartisan deal to start fixing the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday.
The embattled chief of staff for the Miami VA said he has no intention of resigning, despite calls for him to step down following revelations that in 2009 he agreed never to practice medicine again in the state of New York and was sanctioned by the state of Florida for allegedly failing to provide the proper care to one of his patients who died a painful and gruesome death.
An internal VA audit released Monday shows there are more than 57,000 new veterans across the country have been waiting more than 90 days for an appointment to see a doctor. In Florida the number is 8,500.
Amid calls for resignation, the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary did just that.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said recent allegations made by a whistle blower inside the Miami VA are both disturbing but sadly typical of the VA’s problems across the country.
Governor Rick Scott has asked the secretary of the state’s main health agency to order inspections for federal hospitals that serve veterans.
One veteran spent the holiday serving the people who need it most. He knows the tragedies of war can affect civilian life, and he’s trying to use that knowledge to help others.
Beginning Monday, Miami’s VA Healthcare System will be under new leadership. Paul Russo has been tapped as the new director.
More than a dozen people were taken into custody for all selling oxycodone and other drugs around a Veterans Affairs medical center in Palm Beach County.