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Capitol Health Call
November 12, 2014

GAO: Demand for Caregiver Support Far Greater Than VA Expected

JAMA. 2014;312(18):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15169

The Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), greatly underestimated the demand for its Family Caregiver Program, straining the staffs at VA medical centers, according to a September 18 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (http://1.usa.gov/10G3750). Veterans Affairs officials had estimated that about 4000 caregivers would be approved for the program by September 30 of this year. But by this past May, about 15 600 caregivers had been approved, according to the GAO.

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