They also serve who only stand and wait

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  • 05/08/2007
The quote is John Milton, but the practice is pure government health care.

Is this any way to treat a veteran... or anyone else for that matter ... like seniors on Part D?

Veterans filing disability claims with the Veterans Affairs Department wait for an average of almost six months for a response -- about six times longer than is typical in the private sector.

Pending disability claims with the VA take an average of 177 days to process, according to VA records. For some, the wait time is almost a year.

And for veterans appealing a decision on a claim, the average wait time is 657 days.

According to America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), for people filing disability claims with insurance companies, about 75 percent to 80 percent of claims are handled within 30 days. Federal law requires disability claims with private insurers to be settled within 45 days (although extensions of 30 days or longer are possible).

Here's the full story:

Only in America does VA mean "stop."

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