Connecticut VA facilities better than average on wait times

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HARTFORD — Government data show that more than 3,000 medical appointments at Connecticut’s Veterans Affairs facilities were delayed at least a month during a recent period.

But that’s only 1.2 percent of appointments completed in the state between September and February that failed to meet the VA’s goal of providing care within 30 days.

An Associated Press review of 940 VA facilities nationwide found that 2.8 percent of appointments from August to February were delayed at least a month. And delays from 30 to 90 days have not decreased since Congress pumped $16.3 billion into the VA in August.

A spokeswoman for Connecticut’s VA system says many of those who wait a month or longer are pursuing specialty services.

At the state’s main VA campus in West Haven, less than 1 percent of the 163,643 appointments were delayed.