A PLAN INTRODUCED in the U.S. Senate in March offers solutions to the backlog problem plaguing Veterans Administration hospitals, Sen. Bob Casey said yesterday.
At a news conference at 30th Street Station, Casey discussed a three-step initiative in his proposed 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, more than a month after VA hospitals were found to have long wait times, falsified wait lists and extreme backlogs.
Casey said that the national wait time to file a claim is 244 days, while the average in Philadelphia is 295 days.
"When I found out about the depth of the problem in regard to the backlog, the claims backlog . . . I didn't finger-point, I didn't pontificate, I went to work," said Casey, D-Pa.