Coats, Donnelly demand answers on VA wait times


Indiana Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly want the nation's Veterans Affairs chief to assess wait times at the state's VA facilities amid reports that some sites across the country manipulated wait times and left veterans to go months without care.

The senators first requested a review of Indiana wait times in a May 20 letter to then-Secretary Eric Shinseki. They didn't receive a response before Shinseki resigned and renewed their request in a letter to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

A document released Tuesday by Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran showed that at least 108 veterans waited more than 90 days for appointments with a primary care doctor at nine hospitals and 51 clinics in parts of six states, including Indiana.

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