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House chairman: VA manipulated death numbers

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The House VA Committee chairman accuses VA of manipulating number of veteran deaths as a result of delays in care. (Source: CNN) The House VA Committee chairman accuses VA of manipulating number of veteran deaths as a result of delays in care. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is accusing the VA of manipulating the number of veterans who died as a result of delays is care, and the time frame over which the deaths spanned.

In a letter to new VA Secretary Robert McDonald dated on Monday, Florida congressman Jeff Miller says the numbers don’t match up with a recent letter from a VA official.

The VA has previously reported 23 patient deaths because of delayed care. According to Miller, the VA repeatedly said it based the numbers on research dating back to 1999.

But, a letter from the VA health undersecretary to Miller indicates the review was from a shorter time period, from 2010 to 2012.

Miller is requesting the VA provide detailed information about the review by Aug. 11, including who approved the final draft.

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