September 25, 2018

#VAFail – This Is One of the Worst Nursing Homes in the VA System

Just a few months ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs released ratings for its 133 nursing home facilities. Although releasing this data was a good move toward transparency, the information paints a bleak picture of care at VA nursing homes across the country. The VA uses a star-rating system to measure quality and care standards… Read more »

September 24, 2018

This Week on the Hill – Week of September 24, 2018

It’s the first full week of fall, and representatives will travel back to Washington this week to resume business beginning Sept. 25. While representatives were off last week, senators spent the last days of summer in the capital. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted to send two nominees to the full Senate for confirmation votes…. Read more »

September 21, 2018

4 Problems That the VA MISSION Act Will Fix

In 13 days, the Department of Veterans Affairs will face its first major deadline for implementing the VA MISSION Act. This new law mandates an overhaul of the VA’s health care system, providing veterans more choices over where they receive their medical care. The department needs to stick to the schedule set by the VA… Read more »

September 20, 2018

New Letter to President Trump: Congress Should Be Authorizing Military Engagement

Last week, a bipartisan cohort of representatives sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to seek congressional authorization before taking any further military action in Syria. Since the U.S. entered into the Syrian conflict in 2014, vague justifications derived from the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force have been used to support… Read more »

September 17, 2018

#VAFail – Here’s an Update on the Aurora, Colorado VA

The Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center opened less than two months ago, and it already has issues with medical equipment. The Aurora, Colo., facility is unable to use the main dialysis system installed in the hospital. 9 News reports that the system is offline and patients are being treated with portable dialysis machines used for… Read more »

September 12, 2018

#VAFail – The VA Overpaid Two Contractors $101 Million

$101 million is lot of money. It’s an especially large amount of money to accidentally spend. But that’s exactly what the Department of Veterans Affairs did according to the Office of Inspector General. A recently released report found that the VA made excess payments to two contractors, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp and Health Net Federal… Read more »

September 10, 2018

This Week on The Hill

Last week was busy for Congress as the House returned to work. The House Veterans Affairs Committee held three hearings last week, covering grants for adaptive housing, reusable medical equipment and pending legislation. Several Department of Veterans Affairs facilities have been investigated for dirty surgical tools that caused medical procedures to be delayed or cancelled…. Read more »