- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A congressional subcommittee is holding a hearing in Denver to take testimony on VA hospitals and on prescription drugs for veterans.

The House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations is scheduled to hear from three Colorado-based VA officials at the state Capitol Friday.

Colorado Republican congressman Mike Coffman is chairman of the subcommittee.

Coffman and others have been sharply critical of the VA because of massive cost overruns at a veterans medical center under construction in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

The hospital is expected to cost $1.7 billion, nearly triple the amount estimated in 2014.

Elsewhere, the VA has been questioned about whether doctors were over-prescribing painkillers.

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