Can I receive both VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Medicaid?

No. The typical scenario is when a Veteran is getting in home care or is in an Assisted Living Facility they are typically eligible for VA Aid and Attendance Benefits but not typically eligible for Medicaid (Medicaid will sometimes pay for very limited amounts of in home care and limited amounts in an Assisted Living Facility but many Veterans will not qualify for this type of Medicaid). If the Veteran later goes to a Nursing Home he can keep his VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and will probably get the maximum benefit. However, in most cases this will not be enough to pay the $4,500 to $6,500 monthly nursing home bill, causing the Veteran to eventually spend all his savings to pay his monthly nursing home bill. Upon entering a Nursing Home most Veterans will choose to apply for Medicaid which will cover the entire $4,500 to $6,500 monthly nursing home bill. However, once he qualifies for Medicaid he will lose all but $90 per month of his VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. A Veteran cannot receive both Medicaid and VA Aid and Attendance Benefit at the same time. They must choose one or the other.

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