Appeals Court Will Revisit Order To Overhaul VA

By: AP
By: AP
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has put on hold its ruling that ordered a dramatic overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, because it wants to reconsider the earlier decision.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that a special 11-judge panel will reconsider the appeal of two veterans group who accused the VA of shoddy medical treatment and ignoring rising mental health problems, including an increase in suicides.

In May, a three-judge panel of the same found that the department took too long to process medical claims. That panel said the "unchecked incompetence" in the handling of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health claims was unconstitutional.

That ruling was invalidated Tuesday when a majority of the court's judges voted to rehear the case.

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