Senate Bill Would Fund New VA Clinic in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- A bill advancing in the U.S. Senate to resolve problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs system would fund new health facilities, including one in Lincoln.

The bill, agreed to by senior senators Thursday, authorizes the VA to lease 26 new walk-in health clinics in 18 states and spend $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses.

One of those proposed clinics would be in Lincoln. U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns' office says the bill would authorize about $7 million for the Lincoln location.

The Senate bill is a response to a building national uproar over veterans' health care following allegations that surfaced in April that as many as 40 veterans may have died while waiting an average 115 days for appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital or its walk-in clinics.