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Senator Baucus Wants SSA to Expedite Processing of Veterans’ Claims

January 30, 2013

Washington, DC – Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking member Orrin hatch (R-Utah), called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to collaborate with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in reducing the growing number of veterans’ disability claims backlog.

The senators made the plea thru a letter sent to the SSA as a response to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO report pointed out that delays in the SSA have been one of the major contributors for the claims backlog.

Additionally, the senators in their letter made mention of the problems that the VA deals with just to get the medical records that they need from the SSA.

Just recently, regional VA officials said that there are instances when the SSA would take more than a year in responding to their requests.

Finally, the senators asked the SSA to give them information on how their action plan in preventing further delays in the processing of such claims.

Senator Baucus said that “This issue needs to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed now.” While Senator Hatch added that “it is unacceptable that America’s veterans…” saying that “Our heroes deserve no less.”

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