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Long VA Waits Less Of A Problem In Kansas Than Elsewhere

Jeffrey Beall, flickr Creative Commons

An Associated Press analysis shows that fewer Kansas veterans are experiencing long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics than their counterparts in many other states.

At the state's 19 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, 1.8 percent of appointments were delayed longer than 30 days from September to February. The national average was 2.8 percent.

But problems persist after a scandal led to a $16 billion law overhauling veterans' health care. Wait times didn't decline over the six months the AP examined. They actually increased in January and February.

Also, there were 221 Kansas appointments that were delayed longer than 90 days, including 102 at the Eastern Kansas VA-Colmery-O'Neil in Topeka and 93 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center.