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Senators Rubio, Scott Question Neglect of Florida VA Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates seven medical centers in Florida, serving an estimated 1.5 million veterans. Yet, there has been consistent issues with air conditioning units at the Miami VA medical center.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott  sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Denis McDonough demanding answers.

The Republican Senators said there is no excuse for Florida’s veterans to be receiving anything less than top-notch service from the VA.

“Last week, the Miami VA stopped all elective surgeries due to AC maintenance. Not only does this interrupt veterans’ care, but it presents an unsafe working environment for the medical staff at the facility, including nurses reporting mold,” the letter stated.

Additionally, both Bay Pines and West Palm Beach VA medical centers recently received poor quality of care ratings.

“The issues at the Miami VA speak to larger concerns we have about Florida’s VA medical facilities and the quality of care provided by the VA across the state. At the end of July, We were alarmed to see that two of the seven VA medical centers in the state – the Bay Pines and West Palm Beach VA medical centers – received a one-star rating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Overall Quality Star Ratings.”

Here is the full text of the letter from Florida Senators Rubio and Scott:


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  1. Thus is just grabbing for political spotlight as neither Scott or Rubio cares about the veterans except for election time when trying to secure our votes. It is NO secret that the VA medical centers are severely lacking in many ways.


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