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Do you leave Medicare in order to receive Aid and Attendance?

Will my dad have to give up Medicare if he is receiving Aid & Attendance benefits? We are beginning to gather information for filling out Aid and Attendance benefits dad. I called to get copies of bills from one of his physicians and the nurse said that sometimes by using A&A that you lose more than you gain. Do you leave Medicare in order to receive Aid and Attendance?
Status: Open    Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 AM

VA Benefits, Medicare/Medicaid

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Mar 28, 2016 - 12:56 PM

No you do not leave Medicare in order to have access to VA Benefits such as Aid and Attendance which is a tier of the Non-Service Connected Pension program that the VA offers to veterans who have served during a congressionally prescribed period of conflict. The basics for the pension are assets need to be below 80k (not counting the veterans primary residence) the VA will then look at the annual income and annual medical expenses. The VA will deduct those medical expenses from the income and if the left over income is below the VA's threshold the VA will then make up the difference over 12 monthly payments. Those payments are then used for medical expenses to strech out assets until Medicaid can take over. I would get into contact with a Veterans Service Officer who can walk you through the paperwork and advocate to the VA on your behalf. There is no cost in assisting with the paperwork so don't pay anyone to file the paperwork for you. You can find a Veterans Service Officer near you through the VA's website at: OGC - Accreditation Search

Apr 27, 2016 - 03:51 PM

Medicare is health insurance and is not applicable or a payer source for long term care. Being awarded Pension plus aid and attendance will in no way affect or impact your Medicare policy.
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