Walz questions UnitedHealth over medical care for military families


U.S. Rep. Tim Walz fired a missive to UnitedHealth Group Friday, wanting answers to questions raised about the Minnetonka company's service to military families.

KSTP-TV has the letter from the four-term congressman from Mankato to United CEO Stephen Hemsley, regarding criticism aimed at the health care provider from an assistant in the defense department.

According to KSTP, UnitedHealth has a $20-billion contract with the Pentagon to provide medical care-referrals to service members, veterans and their families. The station says United "dropped the ball" on the contract, leading to long delays for patients.

Walz's letter asks, among other things, how United might remedy delays and call-center wait times before concluding, "Our veterans deserve the best health care in the world and it is absolutely critical and UnitedHealth provide it to them."

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