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Jul 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

WASHINGTON — Jul 28, 2014, 4:48 PM ET - Associated Press - A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An agreement announced by ...

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Jul 19, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria. Excerpted from Bloomberg: Three more plague cases were found in Colorado, a week after the first infection of the deadliest form of the disease was reported in the state in a decade. The man initially reported with pneumonic plague on July 11 is hospitalized. Two of ...

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Jun 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER: A failure to scan outsourced medical records has caused an approximate three- to five-month backlog at the Memphis Veteran Administration Medical Center, The Daily Caller has learned. TheDC was exclusively given a photo snapped of the medical records room on June 12, 2014. In the photo, hundreds of unprocessed medical records ...

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Jun 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Progressives Today: Veterans are losing the war at home, and the loss is coming at the hands of their own government. A new audit finds the VA didn’t treat a veteran with PTSD for 8 years while another was in the hospital for 7 YEARS before being treated. CNN adds: In one case, a veteran with ...

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Jun 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: A new report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., claims more than a thousand veterans may have died between 2001 and 2011 as the result of misconduct and a "culture of mismanagement" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The report rattled off a litany of allegations against the embattled agency, claiming ...

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Jun 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WFB: A new whistleblower has come forward in the VA scandal, telling CNN the Phoenix VA has been covering up veteran deaths. Someone in the VA removed “deceased” notes from electronic files so that they would not show up on statistics of veterans who died awaiting VA attention. The whistleblower, Phoenix VA scheduling ...

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Jun 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON EXAMINER: A federal investigator has described a “troubling pattern” of Veterans Affairs Department officials downplaying or ignoring whistleblowers at facilities nationwide, resulting in patients receiving deficient, delayed and in some cases no needed medical attention. In a letter Monday to President Obama, Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said that ...

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Jun 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from BetaBeat: WebMD announced they’d be beefing up patient-doctor interactivity, but there’s one thing they forgot. First Derm lets users send in pictures of their infected business to a doctor for a painless diagnosis. The whole process is quick and anonymous — perfect for people who don’t have the time or desire to find a real-life ...

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Jun 19, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Top managers at the Department of Veterans Affairs have been held “accountable” for preventable patient deaths, falsified records and long backlogs in care. What that means is not clear. Even the fate of Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix veterans' hospital that is ground zero in the latest scandal involving secret waiting lists, ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” ...

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Tuesday allowing veterans to seek private health care to avoid the backlogs at Veterans Affairs facilities. "The news about VA's delays in care crisis just keeps getting worse," said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who introduced the bill. "It's unfortunate I have to introduce legislation to address this problem, because ...

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: The fate of a 16-year-old Connecticut girl at the center of a major medical custody dispute is in the hands of a Massachusetts judge, now that Bay State children's advocates have conceded Justina Pelletier should be returned to her family. In a controversial move, Pelletier was placed in the custody of the ...

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: FBI Director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the bureau's Phoenix branch has opened a criminal investigation of the Veterans Affairs Department, amid mounting calls on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to get more involved. Comey confirmed the bureau's involvement during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Officials previously made ...

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from NRO: Zachary Janowski of Raising Hale has a gag-inducing story from one Veterans Affairs facility in Connecticut: The VA in Connecticut has avoided problems with prolonged waits. However, in February, the same agency reported on insect problems and cleanliness in the operating room. “Flying and crawling insects have been an ongoing problem in the [operating ...

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: A private watchdog group vowed to defy a federal auditor's demand that it turn over all the complaints it has collected from would-be Veterans Affairs whistle-blowers. “They’re barking up the wrong tree,” Project on Government Oversight spokesman Joe Newman told FoxNews.com. “It’s not something we’re going to do. We’ve never revealed a ...

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Associated Press - The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments. The department says an ...

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Jun 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

PHOENIX — Investigators have determined that more than 100,000 veterans nationwide were kept off waiting lists for medical appointments, and Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said the nation will learn Monday how many patients were relegated to "secret lists." During a news conference Thursday at the Carl T. Hayden Medical Center in Phoenix, where the ...

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Jun 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

TOPEKA, Kan. — The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such “secret waiting ...

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Jun 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Progressives Today: This past weekend, Evita Simone Allen visited the St. Louis VA medical center at Jefferson Barracks to tend to an ailing uncle. “Vita” spoke exclusively to Jim Hoft of Progressives Today on Monday about the filth, feces, urine and trash she saw piled up in her uncle’s room at the VA. Here is ...

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May 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WEEKLY STANDARD: An Oklahoma woman signed up for a new health insurance plan--only to find that there's not a doctor that will accept that plan within 400 miles. KTEN-TV reports that Janet Grigg, a cancer survivor, moved to Durant, Oklahoma to care for her elderly mother. But after signing onto a Blue Cross ...

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May 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) says that over 4 million Florida residents will die if Medicaid is not expanded there. “In fact, we’ve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, that’s going to die because they’re not getting the quality health care that they need,” ...

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May 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Defense One: How well can you predict your next mood swing? How well can anyone? It’s an existential dilemma for many of us but for the military, the ability to treat anxiety, depression, memory loss and the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder has become one of the most important battles of the ...

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