Aid and Attendance Benefits

 

The Aid and Attendance Pension Program ( A & A ) provides financial assistance to those who lack funds necessary to provide the care they need. The program is available to physically disabled Veterans, or a surviving spouse. This benefit can include Alzheimer's Assisted Living, Personal Care or skilled Nursing Home. No the individual does not necessarily have to be placed in a nursing facility, however, it can be more complex if not. The program is income qualifying. However, processing time can take from 6 to 8 months from the date of application. One MUST qualify for basic PENSION before they can become eligible for Aid and Attendance. A huge misconception is that the benefit is retroactive to the date the individual was admitted into the nursing facility, this is false. Different rules apply to a veteran than a non-veteran. Basic rule of thumb is this: the benefit is retroactive to the month AFTER which application was made. In other words, you lose the month you apply.

 

Furthermore, A & A benefits are based upon the Net worth of the individual as well. Therefore, if an individual has Net worth (Stock, bonds, IRA, CDs, etc..) exceeding $80,000 or more then need not to apply. VA will deny that claim based upon substantial resources. VA does not count a persons’ house UNTIL IT IS SOLD, THEN VA COUNTS THE INCOME FROM THE SALE.

 

What is income? ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT A PERSON RECEIVES MONEY, including Social Security, interest income from all sources, pensions, retirements, dividends. EVERYTHING!!!!

 

This type of benefit is extremely complex and confusing. We have developed a “list” of documents required by VA for this benefit. Also there is a VA form required to be filled out by the attending physician as well.

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FILE FOR THIS BENEFIT ON YOUR OWN.

 

Too often people attempt to apply for this on-their-own; and the benefit is delayed and delayed due to inappropriate application, missing documentation or people ignore VA’s letter of additional information.