Illinois members of Congress are increasing their scrutiny of veterans hospitals in the state after an internal review showing several dozen patients waited more than three months for appointments at two facilities. A letter from Veterans Affairs officials to two U.S. senators says problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists existed at several facilities in the Midwest. They include two hospitals serving veterans from southwestern Illinois, in Marion and St. Louis.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus says just days ago officials at both facilities had assured him there were no such problems and that the letter raises questions. Other lawmakers, meanwhile, were planning visits to VA facilities this week amid a nationwide investigation that began with allegations that long wait times were covered up at a hospital in Phoenix.
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