Kansas congressmen demanding answers on VA issues

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp are demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Wichita about its unauthorized waiting list for care.

Pompeo sent a letter Thursday to medical center Director Francisco Vazquez, asking who allowed the center to create its unauthorized list and when.

Medical Center Executive Secretary Diane Henderson said Wednesday that 385 veterans had been on the list, some longer than 90 days. But she declined further comment Thursday.

Pompeo also asked whether employees responsible for the list’s creation had been disciplined. Pompeo’s 4th District includes Wichita.

Huelskamp represents the 1st District of western and central Kansas and serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He traveled to the Wichita medical center Wednesday.

He said Thursday he received few answers then.

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