Court Agrees To Rehear Case on VA Mental Health Care
In a brief issued Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco accepted the Obama administration's request to review a May ruling that allows veterans' groups to file lawsuits against the Department of Veterans Affairs to accelerate the delivery of care for veterans with mental health issues. The Department of Justice argued that Congress in laws regulating veterans' health care had intended "to prevent the courts from second-guessing the VA's performance of these critical functions." The brief did not indicate when the court's full 11-judge panel would rehear the case, which was filed in 2007 by Veterans United for Truth and Veterans for Common Sense.
- "Appeals Court To Rehear Case on Overhaul of VA" (Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17).
- "Ruling Ordering Better VA Mental Health TreatmentÂ Is Withdrawn" (Williams, Los Angeles Times, 11/17).