Just wait, ObamaCare should be just as smooth as the way the government runs the VA.
A new report on an old problem contains some sad statistics about veterans’ benefits claims:
• Thirty-one percent of claims filed with the Veterans Affairs Department are likely to be denied — and 60 percent of those denials will be erroneous.
• Sixty percent of claims will take longer than 125 days to be processed, more than 7 percent of claims will be misplaced, and 4 percent will be completely lost.
• A veteran calling VA’s benefits hotline has just a 49 percent chance of being connected to someone and receiving a correct answer.
The report, “The Veterans Disability System: Problems and Solutions,” was released Dec. 12 by the nonprofit National Center for Policy Analysis.
Based on a review of the 870,000 benefits claims pending before VA in 2011 — a number that has climbed to about 900,000 pending claims today — the report says the pile of pending claims has grown despite the fact that VA is processing more claims than ever before and using a variety of new efforts to work faster and more accurately.