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Does mom have to apply for veterans spouse benefits?

We're thinking about applying for veterans spouse benefits for my elderly mother who lives in an assisted living in Wisconsin. For some reason my mother is leery about applying for the veterans benefits. She thinks it will cause problems when she runs out of money and wants to apply for state benefits. I was told that if she applies for state benefits when she runs out of money and the state finds out she could have gotten veterans benefits that could be problematic for her so she basically has to apply for veterans benefits if she wants state benefits down the road. Help!
Status: Open    Dec 15, 2015 - 09:37 AM

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Dec 16, 2015 - 07:27 AM

It sounds like your mother will eventually be applying for State Medicaid. If this is the case veterans benefits will not disqualify her from that. If she is eligible for a pension from the VA then she should apply right away. If she is approved for the pension and then goes to file for Medicaid all she will have to do is let the VA know that she is receiving Medicaid and the VA will adjust her pension benefits. Typically this reduces the pension to $90.00 a month that Medicaid cannot touch, it is for your mother to use as "mad money" for whatever she wishes. Your best bet is to meet with an accredidted veterans service officer who can help you with the paperwork free of charge. Depending on which county she is in living in WI they have service officers within the counties that can help. As I am just over the border to the south in McHenry Co, IL.

Jan 06, 2016 - 07:40 AM

If she has to apply for Medicaid part of that application will require her to apply for VA benefits at that time if she has not already. I have not had a problem with someone not applying as soon as they could but it will be required when she applies for Medicaid. Applying now and receiving a benefit could help her remain independent longer. If she were to receive $1,000 per month that would pay for about 50 hours of assistance per month. That little bit could go a long way to her remaining independent. Either she or her husband served our country and earned this benefit. Use it.
Please thank her for her service to our country. Even if she is the spouse she still served in my book.

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Dec 16, 2015 - 07:27 AM

It sounds like your mother will eventually be applying for State Medicaid. If this is the case veterans benefits will not disqualify her from that. If she is eligible for a pension from the VA then she should apply right away. If she is approved for the pension and then goes to file for Medicaid all she will have to do is let the VA know that she is receiving Medicaid and the VA will adjust her pension benefits. Typically this reduces the pension to $90.00 a month that Medicaid cannot touch, it is for your mother to use as "mad money" for whatever she wishes. Your best bet is to meet with an accredidted veterans service officer who can help you with the paperwork free of charge. Depending on which county she is in living in WI they have service officers within the counties that can help. As I am just over the border to the south in McHenry Co, IL.
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