More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post. Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on the VA’s failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled “Analysis of Death Services,” which reviews the accuracy of the VA’s veteran death records. The report was conducted by staffers in the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Analytics. (Grim and Bendery, 7/13) VA May Shutter Some Hospitals To Close Budget Gap The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to take this step if Congress does not address the agency’s $2.5 billion, current-year budget shortfall. This news comes as the Huffington Post reports more than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the backlog awaiting care may have already died. The Huffington Post: Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Veterans In Backlog For VA Health Care Already Died And in Missouri – The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year, VA officials warned Monday. (Daly, 7/13) The Associated Press: VA Says It May Shut Down Hospitals To Close $2.5B Budget Gap St. Louis Public Radio: As More Women Enlist In Military, VA Health Care System Sees Changes More than 38,000 veterans who live in Missouri are women, and that number continues to grow rapidly. That means changes are in store for the Veterans Health Administration, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide care to active duty service members and discharged veterans. Serving more women means expanding the VA’s capacity to offer gynecological exams, services surrounding childbirth, and counseling related to military sexual trauma. (Bouscaren, 7/13) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.