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Kansas Joins Call For Power to Review VA Sites

Associated Press - June 5, 2014 6:33 pm

A state agency acknowledges it sent out a news release shortly before November's election that incorrectly claimed poverty in Kansas had declined under Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

A state agency acknowledges it sent out a news release shortly before November's election that incorrectly claimed poverty in Kansas had declined under Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says unauthorized waiting lists for health care at U.S. Veterans Administration facilities like the one in Wichita are “unacceptable” after joining other governors in seeking authority for states to inspect VA facilities.

Brownback on Thursday offered his first public statement about the uproar over veterans’ health care. It came a day after an official at the VA medical center in Wichita confirmed that it had an unauthorized list of 385 veterans waiting for care.

Brownback joined five other Republican governors in a letter dated Tuesday to Democratic President Barack Obama. It proposed allowing states to review VA facilities.

But Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Executive Director Gregg Burden said there have been no discussions yet about what more the state could do.

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