For several years a very popular planning strategy that caught fire was helping veterans with veterans benefits planning, or applying for aid and attendance pension benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration, an arm of the U.S.
The veterans aid and attendance benefit is an un-advertised, underutilized benefit available to veterans of foreign wars.
If you are receiving additional compensation, based on the need for aid and attendance
, and are hospitalized, the additional compensation can be reduced to a lower aid and attendance
rate, effective the last day of the month following the month in which the veteran is admitted for hospitalization.
If you meet the medical criteria for aid and attendance
, MCCR should base the billing on the nonservice-connected pension income limit for a veteran entitled to aid and attendance
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive 2004-06 (6/2004), Aid and Attendance
(A&A) or House-bound, was implemented to provide guidelines to determine which veterans are exempt from paying an outpatient pharmacy co-payment and / or beneficiary travel benefits based on current VBA maximum pension rates for aid and attendance
, or being house-bound.
MAPR or income threshold is not the same for every veteran but higher for those who are housebound or need aid and attendance
. It is also higher if a veteran has dependents.
Currently the base MAPR for a single veteran is $9,556, and the MAPR for a single veteran needing aid and attendance
QUESTION: I am a nonservice-connected veteran receiving VA pension with aid and attendance
This retroactive compensation increase (to the highest level of aid and attendance
) was granted, based upon the veteran's service-connected multiple sclerosis and need for specialized, daily skilled-care.
Among these exceptions are unreimbursed amounts paid for family medical expenses exceeding 5% of the maximum pension payable, including allowances for dependents but excluding additional amounts granted for aid and attendance
or for being housebound.