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Iowa, Nebraska VA Facilities Under Scrutiny

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers in Iowa and Nebraska are on waiting lists for treatment, but the facilities say they’re unaware of any unauthorized lists like those uncovered in other states.

A regional VA spokeswoman said Thursday that Iowa and Nebraska facilities were included in a federal investigation of specific sites. Spokeswoman Sharyl Schaepe says the hospitals don’t expect to find problems, but they haven’t been told what the review found.

Reports from U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office say the VA Central Iowa Health Care System had 52 patients on its official waiting list as of May 1. The Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System listed 156 patients. The Iowa City VA Health Care System had 27 patients, while the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System listed 100.

On Tuesday, Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the VA hospital in Iowa City, and credited the nearby University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for keeping wait times of roughly 26 days from being longer.

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