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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Veterans at Risk: Budget Wars 2011 - Senators concerned VA will be short of resources for veterans' healthcare

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and ranking member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday requesting the agency's budget projections for fiscal 2012 and asking for assurances that they can deliver the needed level of healthcare.

The increase in demand for healthcare, coupled with the lower-than-expected Medical Care Collections Fund (MCCF) collection rate, along with recent reports regarding staffing reductions and emergency budget cuts at certain medical centers, has raised concerns about funding and "underscores the critical need to ensure resources are being maximized" and spending requests accurately estimated, they said.

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