- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. (AP) - A Lake Havasu hospital is working to transition to the new Veterans Affairs Choice Program without interrupting cancer treatment for two dozen patients.

Today’s News-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1V6RkEt) Havasu Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Carol Dumais says there are 20 patients waiting for authorization to receive further cancer treatment while four other treatment authorizations are set to expire July 28.

The hospital had its authorizations to treat veterans with cancer paused this summer as TriWest Healthcare stepped in to administer the choice program, the government’s response to long VA wait times nationwide.

The Havasu VA hospital doesn’t offer cancer treatment, and Arizona lawmakers are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure patients can be treated in Havasu rather than Phoenix or Prescott.

The hospital, VA and TriWest are collaborating to credential doctors and secure emergency treatment authorizations.

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Information from: Today’s News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com

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