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Report: 28 Percent of VA Enrollee Backlog Already Dead

A visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on April 2, 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
A visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on April 2, 2015. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

More than a quarter of the veterans on the wait list for VA care are deceased, according to an internal report.

The report from April, titled "Analysis for Services," showed 238,657 of the 847, 822 veterans on the wait list for health care enrollment with the Department of Veterans Affairs died after initiating the application process but were never removed.

The VA has no way of removing deceased applicants, and some vets seek alternative health insurances, an agency spokeswoman told the Huffington Post,which first reported the story Monday.

In addition, the report shows more than half of the applicants had "activity" after death, including compensation, doctor visits and prescription fills.

The findings are under investigation by the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, staff director Eric Hannel said.

The leaked report comes only weeks after auditors found $43 million set aside to inform veterans about their benefits sitting untouched for three years in an account. Another report earlier in 2015 found a backlog of nearly 200,000 VA claims pending for longer than 125 days, some from combat veterans.

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