Lawmakers hear about Louisiana veterans health care
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding a special hearing to receive testimony about Louisiana veterans' treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state.
Friday's hearing of the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs comes after allegations that veterans around the nation have faced long waits and other roadblocks to health care that have been deliberately hidden from the public.
Federal data released earlier this month showed the average wait for a new patient to get an appointment at one of Louisiana's three major VA medical centers in Alexandria, New Orleans and Shreveport runs anywhere from 30 to 55 days.
The average wait times at the three facilities were not the nation's worst for new patients, but they exceeded the now-abandoned goal of 14 days set by the VA.