Colorado VA hospitals under investigation for allegedly falsifying wait-time documents

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DENVER -- A federal investigation is underway into allegations documents have been falsified regarding the wait times at Colorado Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The investigations comes after the death of a Colorado veteran and allegations he waited too long to get the medical treatment he needed.

That claim was made to Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner and now all VA facilities are being investigated over claims they’re keeping secret lists of how and when veterans are treated.

"Me, personally, some of the services I've waited in excess of eight months plus,” patient Craig Demouchette said.

“I welcome the Inspector General's review of potential unauthorized wait lists and falsification of documents at VA facilities in Colorado," Gardner said in a statement.  "These allegations are serious and therefore must be met with a thorough, comprehensive investigation.”

The VA’s new Choice Program was supposed to improve veteran wait times for care.

“Unfortunately, VA's poor management of the Choice Program is not surprising. We must get the VA to allow the Choice Program to work rather than working to make it fail,” Rep. Mike Coffman said.

The allegations follow cost overruns of more than $1 billion at the Aurora VA hospital.

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