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VA Audit Didn’t Raise Red Flags In Connecticut

by Staff Report | Jun 9, 2014 9:42pm
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U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal

While it didn’t release location-specific information, Connecticut’s medical facilities run by the Veterans Administration didn’t raise any red flags for auditors.

“Ninety-three percent of appointments were scheduled within 14 days of a veteran’s request, and 98 percent of appointments were scheduled within 30 days,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said. “Connecticut’s VA can always be better, but compared to VAs in other parts of the country, ours is on the right track.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is still withholding judgment until he gets more information.

“Location-specific information is necessary to restore confidence in the veterans appointment scheduling process,” Blumenthal said Monday. “I have no confidence in the accuracy of reported wait times that accompany the audit summary released today, as the audit itself found widespread use of inappropriate practices to make wait times appear more favorable.”

The audit released Monday by the Veterans Administration did call for heightened inquiry into two Massachusetts facilities: the VA in Central Western Mass. and the VA in Brockton, Mass. 

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