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  • Isakson Calls on VA to Address Systemic, ‘High Risk’ Problems without Further Delay

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address the problems that led to the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) placement on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) 2015 "High Risk List." Every Congress, the independent, nonpartisan GAO produces a list of what it deems “high risk” federal agencies and programs. This list highlights fede...

  • Isakson Demands Answers for Out-of-control Construction Costs at New Denver VA Medical Center

    AURORA, Colo. - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today demanded answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about rampant mismanagement of the construction of the new 182-bed hospital that will replace the Denver VA medical center. The committee held a field hearing in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver, to examine what went wrong with the construction project and how the VA intends to address the outrageous surge in costs, delays a...

  • Isakson Reaffirms Commitment to Fulfilling our Promise to America’s Women Veterans

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to strengthen its programs and health care for women veterans. "Women play an important role in our United States military and the defense of our country," said Isakson. “They fight in every capacity possible, they volunteer in every capacity possible, and they do a great job. We need to make sure we’re doing the same.” A...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Call for Investigation of Outrageous Construction Costs at Colorado VA Hospital

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, this week wrote to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs requesting they commence an independent investigation into the Denver VA Hospital and its cost overruns and delays. The letter asks that the Inspector General’s office examine the entire construction process, from identifying...

  • As Unacceptably-long Wait Times for Veterans Persist, Isakson, Blumenthal Call on VA Secretary to Provide Detailed Plan on Use, Integration of Care Outside VA System

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to request he provide clear guidance to local VA medical centers and their patients regarding options for veterans to receive health care from local, community-based providers outside of VA hospitals and facilities. "Non-VA care is used by VA to reduce and...

  • Isakson to VA: Unacceptable to Tell Veteran ‘We Can’t Help’

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to act quickly to implement a more sensible interpretation of the Veterans’ Choice distance criteria to allow veterans better access to health care. At a committee hearing held today, March 24, 2015, Isakson raised concerns over how the VA has implemented the distance criteria that was included in sweeping reforms passed last year ...

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