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VA benefits available upon request: Here's how

by Karri Duhaime

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Medicaid requires that applicants and their spouses provide proof of all income received, including VA pensions. If you receive monthly income from the VA, we can help you determine what documents Medicaid accepts and how to obtain them.

What does Medicaid want as proof of VA benefits?

Medicaid will not accept bank statements showing monthly deposits from the VA. Medicaid requires that you provide an award letter from the VA which shows your gross income as well as any deductions. If you receive a non-service connected pension from the VA, Medicaid requires proof from the VA of the breakdown of what part of the pension is for aid and attendance or is awarded due to unreimbursed medical expenses.

How can I obtain an award letter from the VA?

You can call the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Assistance Service Line at 1-800-827-1000 (which oversees both compensation and pension benefits) and request that they fax or mail an award letter. You will need to verify your full Social Security number, full name, and your branch of service. In the alternative, you can also call the National Pension Call Center at 1-877-294-6380 and obtain the same information.

How long does it take to obtain a VA benefit letter?

We have had luck obtaining the VA award letter on the same day of the call if our clients elect to have it faxed to our office. The VA has also told us that if you would like the letter mailed, it takes 3-10 business days to get to the recipient. You do want to be aware that you may be on hold for 30 minutes or longer during peak call times.

Knowing where to go for important information is critical when it comes to obtaining Medicaid benefits. However, you don't have to figure it out alone! Contact our team to help you and your family members walk through the Medicaid process. It all starts with a complimentary consultation. Schedule yours today by calling 260-969-1177 or emailing info@grundenlaw.com

 

April Grunden