A Veteran’s Affairs (VA) “whistleblower” has reported that the VA is on the verge of throwing out “over 500,000” veteran’s applications because of errors made during the Obama administration.
Scott Davis is a well-known VA whistleblower and program specialist at the VA’s National Health Eligibility Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, who has previously testified before Congress.
Davis wrote an urgent letter to President Trump making the nearly-incredulous claim that, unless Trump quickly steps in to intervene, the Veteran’s Administration plans to throw out “more than 500,000” veteran’s applications in March.
According to Davis, the reason the VA wants to declare the applications invalid is that they supposedly contain applicant errors, but Davis claims the errors were, in fact, made by the VA itself.
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Davis attached a December email from VA’s Matthew Eitutis that acknowledges 440,000 letters were sent out to veterans asking for “means test information,” when the VA actually needed the veterans to provide “military information and vice versa.”
Also, according to Davis, 105,000 veterans were mistakenly told to provide more financial information.
These application forms need to be corrected by March 2017, but Davis said the VA has yet to address the issue.
See Scott Davis’s entire letter to President Trump below:
Hello Mr. President: I am sending this whistleblower disclosure to your office due to the urgent need for executive intervention. VA is planning on declaring over 500,000 Veteran applications for VA health care as incomplete and abandoned at the end of March 2017.
These Veterans were placed in a backlog of nearly 900,000 (300,000 are Deceased Veterans) pending applications due to errors with the enrollment system and the lack of a standardized enrollment process (Please see attached OIG Report). Instead of separating these applications by modality and submission, VA leadership has chosen to illegally categorize all the pending applications as incomplete applications due to complainant (Veteran Applicant) failing to complete the application as stated in Title 38 USC section 5102.
However, Mr. President this statute does not apply to 90+ percent of these applications as most are in a pending status due to negligence by the agency. Furthermore the statute requires that VA notify Veterans that they have 365 days to complete the incomplete applications. The email below from VHA Member Services Acting Director Matt Eitutis, that was sent to then VHA Undersecretary Dr. David Shulkin on December 28, 2017 clearly indicates the letters were sent to the wrong recipients. Meaning 440,000 Veterans in a pending means test status were told to provide military service records and 105,000 Veterans in a pending verification status were instructed to provide financial information to complete their applications for VA healthcare.
Although Mr. Eitutis stated he turned the matter over to the Office of the Inspector General to investigate, no such investigation has taken place. Only an internal review by employees who report to Mr. Eitutis was conducted. As a result VA is planning to go ahead with this illegal action of purging these records without providing Veterans notification or disclosing that these Veterans are entitled to Equitable Relief for health care cost they incurred due to administrative errors by the VA.
It is for these reasons I have attached a formal request for your office to intervene in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me, if your office has any questions about this matter.
Thank you for your commitment to our Nation’s Veterans!
H/T: Washington Examiner
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