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Can I use both VA health benefits and Medicare at the same time?

Status: Open    Jan 12, 2015 - 10:34 PM

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Mar 27, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Yes you can! The VA benefit is available if your income minus the regular medical expenses you pay for results in a number less than the Pension amount - so if you are a veteran, the monthly pension amount is $1,788. So if your monthly income, minus your monthly assisted living fee, caregiver fees, medical insurance premiums etc results in a figure less than $1,788

OF COURSE, you still have to pass that pesky asset test!


Aug 18, 2015 - 01:56 PM

Yes you can, however the VA cannot bill Medicare and vice versa. You can go to the VA for your healthcare and depending on which Priority Group the VA places you in pay the applicable co-payment for services and prescriptions. If you go to an outside provider that the VA has not directed you to then Medicare Part B can pay and you will be left with the remainder but the VA will not pay anything on it. Additionally, if you have a supplement insurance policy the VA is able to bill that for the co-payments and possibly you will not have to pay anything depending on your supplement. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact the VA Enrollment Counselor directly at your local VA facility.

Source: My Knowledge as a Veterans Service Officer, trained and accredidted in Veterans Benefits.

Aug 19, 2015 - 03:31 PM

Yes. Medicare is Health insurance coverage. VA disability benefits come to you as non-service connected pension or service connected compensation. A claimant can be covered by Medicare and still be eligible for and receive VA disability benefits.


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