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Veteran's benefits vs. Medicaid?

What happens when accepting Veteran's Benefits brings one's monthly income above the cutoff for Medicaid?
Status: Open    Jun 14, 2015 - 01:16 AM

Medicare/Medicaid, VA Benefits

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Jul 01, 2015 - 09:10 AM

You want to make sure that doesn't happen! I recommend working with an expert to make sure that your benefits work together and that one doesn't kick you out of another.


Aug 18, 2015 - 02:16 PM

If a veteran has been approved for Medicaid then they are still entitled to apply for the VA Veteran's Pension or VA Survivor's Pension. All you need to do is relay that information to the VA and they will adjust the pension accordingly. What we have found is that the Pension will be reduced to $90.00 per month that the veteran or spouse is entitled to keep in addition to the $30.00 per month from Medicaid. So all in all a veteran or spouse will have $120.00 per month of "mad money" that they can do what they wish with. Just keep in mind that they cannot just save that money or eventually they will have too many assets and get kicked out of Medicaid. Please contact your local Veteran Service Officer to assist you with any further questions or help with filing benefits to the VA. You can locate a VSO Representative at:

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

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By k8top on Jun 17, 2016 - 12:55 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

What happens to the Aid & Attendance portion of the VA benefit? Is that lost when they are approved for Medicaid?

By k8top on Jun 17, 2016 - 12:58 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

I've read that the pension is reduced to $90, but what happens to the Aid & Attendance portion?

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