Gov. Scott makes good on threat to sue Fla VA hospitals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Friday marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Cities across Florida celebrated local heroes who fought for our country.

Now the Agency for Healthcare administration is fighting for them.

"I have a Purple Heart and I was denied the first time I submitted post-traumatic stress disorder," said veteran Washington Sanchez.

After the VA hospital scandal broke, the AHCA set out to inspect VA hospitals in Florida, but ran into obstacles.

"We had visited six VA medical centers since April. At each of those visits we attempted to complete an onsite review, but we were denied access to review the hospital system processes," said AHCA spokeswoman Shelisha Coleman

Friday they officially filed a suit for access.

"The people that provide my care for me, absolutely are phenomenal. It's the administrative side of the veterans administration where you attempt to get benefits and get enrolled to see these healthcare professionals," said veteran Joe West.

According to their website, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has a transparency program. But, the AHCA says transparency and access is what they weren't given.

"We believe that they're not taking seriously their obligation to provide public records," Coleman said.

The lawsuit calls on VA Affairs to "submit to external inspection and oversight of VA hospitals by AHCA, an objective, independent governmental authority."

The Veterans we talked to hope the lawsuit will make a difference, because right now they don't have many options.

"You never give up, you cannot because they're the only game in town, you may as well go ahead and try to work with them," Sanchez said.


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