We've been spending a lot of time recently talking about the VA Aid & Attendance benefit. But the reality is there are a lot of Vets who don't qualify for this benefit. Since it is only available to those who served during a war period, you may know or work with a Vet who doesn't qualify.
That doesn't mean there aren't benefits available. These Vets have a few other options that we'll be covering:
Other Veterans Administration benefits
Vets who don't qualify for the Aid & Attendance benefit will likely be eligible for VA medical care. In fact, even Vets using Aid & Attendance use the medical care for their health care, including eyeglasses and hearing aids. The VA hospital system serves thousands of Vets each year; to get started, though, the Vet will need to get into the system with an initial visit and physical. Because these are in high demand, there can be quite a wait for this first appointment.
However, once entered into the system, the Vet will receive a priority ranking based on their age, overall health, and service dates/injuries. This can make getting care easier going forward.
Additionally, there are home care benefits available to Vets. This includes up to three hours of in-home care and three hours of respite care per week.
Other available benefits
If you or your loved one doesn't qualify for the VA benefits, or those benefits aren't enough (especially when it comes to long-term care), it may be time to consider Medicaid. Medicaid can help pay for long-term health care when there are no other options. Unfortunately, qualifying for Medicaid can be tricky, especially if the applicant has any assets. That's why it's key to talk to an experienced estate planning attorney. The team at Idaho Estate Planning can help you understand the benefits available, guide you through the application, and maybe even help preserve some of these assets.
Contact Bill today to schedule your Right Fit MeetingTM. Let's help your Vet or loved one get the care they need and deserve.