Lawmakers Urge VA, USPS to Solve Veteran Medication Delivery Delays
Posted on August 17, 2020
A result of new operational changes at the United States Postal Service is causing wait times to double, and sometimes triple, for veterans seeking prescription medicine.
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chair Mark Takano, along with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick and Alma Adams sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to try to “rectify reported delayed deliveries of medication to veterans.”
The letter cites that approximately 80 percent of VA prescriptions are fulfilled by the mail.
“The culmination of these major changes, pursued in the heat of a brutal pandemic and economic crisis, is now impacting our veterans’ access to prescriptions. This is completely unacceptable,” wrote the letter.
Last week the USPS laid off “dozens of senior executives charged with the day-to-day operations of the agency.” Veterans and VA staff have reported significant delays in medication deliveries as a result of the change.
On Friday USPS officials released a letter warning that the operational changes will cause significant disruptions for voters mailing their ballots to election officials, CNN reports.
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