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Proposed Veteran’s Administration Regulation AO73 Update

The Proposed Rule AO73 ‐ Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs‐Based Benefits – couldVA Proposed Rule AO73; have a devastating effect on the Aid and Attendance benefit.

The stated intention of the change is to implement a 3 year look back period to eliminate veterans transferring assets simply to qualify for the VA’s Basic Pension with Aid and Attendance.  This is similar to Medicaid lookback. However, the bulk of the rule is dedicated to making it more difficult for veterans and their surviving spouses to qualify for this benefit.

This is different from the way an Aid and Attendance applicant currently applies because the VA will only look at a current snapshot of the applicant’s assets, income, and expenses at the time the application is received. With the possibility of the 3 year look back change there would be more paperwork involved in the application process as well as many veterans and spouses becoming ineligible for the benefit.

Our sources say this rule will be implemented in the first half of 2017. While we cannot confirm the exact date of the 3 year look back period being added, it may be best to try to obtain the Aid and Attendance Benefit NOW, rather than waiting until next year.

To find out if you are eligible for the A&A benefit use our eligibility calculator.

Use A Place for Mom’s free Veterans Benefits Guide here.

Note: The applicant needs to be paying for care in order to qualify for this benefit. Whether that is in-home care or senior housing, if you need help getting started with your senior care search, please start here.

We want to keep‘s users informed and will stay on top of this proposed rule as best as we can to get the updates out to you all as soon as possible.


VA Proposed Rule AO73;

October 29, 2015

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7 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Proposed Veteran’s Administration Regulation AO73 Update”

  1. Robert Murray says:

    Re Aid and Attendance..will the three year look back be in affect starting Jan 2016 ? Or is it still pending ?

  2. Kaylin Gilkey says:


    As of right now, our sources are not sure at what point in 2016 the 3 year look back will start to take affect. It could be as early as January, or sometime later in the year. But it is most likely occurring in 2016.

  3. Florence Rosemond says:

    I am a spouse of a deceased Korean War Veteran. I would like to be kept up to date on any information pertaining to spousal benefits. I will be needing to go into assisted living within a year. I am disabled and need help. I thank you for all your good information. I almost got caught up paying $1459.00. Of course I do not have any of that kind of money. So I was searching for loan etc.and started to panic due to no money to pay them “American Aid and Attendence”. Ten I read on the internet that is against the law to pay to do the application. Then my son saw this and sent it to me! which confirmed everything. I thank you so much for your information.
    Again Many Thanks Florence Rosemond

  4. Kaylin says:

    Hello Florence, the best thing you can do to keep up to date on any changes to the A&A benefit is to sign up for our newsletter. You can do so on this blog home page on the right hand side:

    If you need any assistance with applying for the A&A benefit, please use our website We have all of the free information you need to apply for the benefit yourself.

  5. Agnes Nilsen says:

    My Husband was in Army and served In Country, Korea, in late 1958. We applied twice for A & A, but was turned down twice, because they said he was not there in Wartime…………….W sure need that A & A, because he is getting where he is too much for me to handle wiht his health, but can hardly afford a renatl apartment here in Missoula Montana.
    Thank you for listening,
    Agnes & Johan Nilsen

  6. Kaylin says:

    Agnes, I’m so sorry to hear about that. The fact is, though, if your husband didn’t serve during an approved period of war for the A&A benefit then it won’t be possible for him to receive it at this time. If you go to the website Charity Navigator and search for veteran or military charities they may be able to help you.

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