Kirk: More details needed on VA audit findings

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CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is calling for the Veterans Administration to release more information about wait times and the quality of care at its Illinois hospitals.

The Illinois Republican and former Navy reservist says his office learned early Monday that some Illinois facilities were flagged for further review following a VA audit.

They include hospitals in Hines and Marion and an outpatient clinic in Peoria.

Kirk says the limited information he received on the audits backs up outside reports he’s received from whistle blowers at those facilities.

The audits come as a House committee is set to hold hearings Monday about the widening scandal.

Kirk is a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would make changes at the VA and provide veterans more flexibility in where they obtain health care.

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