Senators Press SSA To Assist VA
From a Senate Finance Committee press release:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reduce the dramatic backlog in veterans’ disability claims. The senators wrote a letter to SSA in response to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which found SSA’s delays are major contributors to the backlog. ...
In their letter, the senators noted that VA has consistent problems getting the medical records it needs from SSA. In one instance, regional VA officials commented that SSA takes more than a year to respond to requests. The senators asked SSA to provide information on any changes it is currently making or plans to make in the future to resolve their delays.