By: Adam Smeltz (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Federal workers who falsify or deliberately omit key details of veterans' health records could face personal legal action under a bill expected Tuesday by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley.
The VA Accountability Act would ban workers in the Department of Veterans Affairs from manipulating or intentionally withholding a veteran's health information from the affected patient.
The bill also would make it illegal for VA workers to withhold health records with the intention of misleading federal officials or Congress. Workers who break the rule could be sued directly by the affected veterans, according to the bill. Toomey was not immediately available for comment.
He planned to announce the bill Tuesday morning in southeastern Pennsylvania, an aide said.