TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says allowing states to inspect U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics would help the federal agency with what he calls credibility problems.
Brownback also said Thursday that giving vouchers to veterans who’ve been waiting for care at VA facilities so they could get care elsewhere is the best way to deal with backlogs.
The governor made his comments a day after an official at the VA medical center in Wichita confirmed it had an unauthorized list of 385 veterans who were waiting for care, some of them for more than 90 days.
On Tuesday, Brownback joined fellow Republican governors from five other states in sending a letter to Democratic President Barack Obama. The letter called for state reviews of VA sites and federal vouchers for veterans.