8/9/2017 – The MLO Minute: The Veterans’ Pension, Aid and Attendance, and the Department of Human Services
A two part series by Anthony Marone, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices, P.C.- Estates, Trusts and Wealth Transfer Department
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs pays the “VA Pension,” along with the add-on benefits called Aid and Attendance (“A&A) and Housebound Benefits (“HB”). These benefits are crucially important to pay for the care of a veteran or a deceased veteran’s dependents. An eligible veteran should always attempt to access the VA Pension and the add-on benefits but should also be aware of the potential complexity when he or she applies for Medical Assistance Long-Term Care benefits (“MA-LTC”). Both the VA Pension and MA-LTC are needs-based government benefits for qualifying individuals who are elderly or disabled. However, the income the veteran receives from the VA Pension could potentially disqualify him or her from receiving MA-LTC. The complicated interplay between the eligibility criteria for these two important programs is examined in this two part article.