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AHCA Sues for VA Hospital Access

The James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is among the busiest veteran's hospitals in the nation.
The James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is among the busiest veteran's hospitals in the nation.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has filed suit in federal court in an attempt to inspect federal Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida.

The James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is among the busiest veteran's hospitals in the nation.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF
The James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa is among the busiest veteran's hospitals in the nation.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday.

This comes after the state agency made several unannounced visits to inspect Florida's six VA hospitals and other VA-operated facilities. Each time they were blocked, and the VA responded with three letters — one to Gov. Rick Scott and two to AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek — stating that federal facilities aren't subject to state laws.

The lawsuit says the VA has repeatedly failed to comply with minimum standards of patient safety in VA hospitals within the State of Florida.

The VA did not immediately return a call or email for comment.

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