Aug 04, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Aid and Attendance is a MONTLY income benefit that is paid by the Veterans Administration to active war time veterans, or surviving spouses. One of the important eligibility criterion relates to whether an applicant’s other recurring income is consumed by unreimbursed medical expenses. This can often occur if a veteran or spouse is in an assisted living facility, or requiring home health care. Those that are interested in obtaining Aid & Attendance should consider meeting with an elder law attorney who is experienced in the eligibility rules for Aid & Attendance and Medicaid. Both programs have important roles in assisting in financing long-term care, but each programs eligibility rules regarding assets, income and gift transfers are completely different. Also, be forewarned, the VA is considering adopting stringent rules in 2016 regarding gifting, annuities and trusts. Expert advice is an absolute necessity. To find a list of Certified Elder Law Attorneys in your area, visit: http://www.nelf.org/
Aug 05, 2015 - 04:45 AM
It is important to realize that the term "Aid and Attendance" is a medical rating with in the VA system and not the name of a benefit. You can have Pension with Aid and Attendance and if you are 100% Disabilited and need the Aid and Attendance of anotehr person becuase fo your service connected injury, you can have anadditional amount added to your compensation payment. This can cause confusion in applying if you are working with someone who is focused on compensation claims.
For a list of VA accredited agents, see http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditat... and click Claims Agent.
Aug 10, 2015 - 07:04 AM