After a 5 day hospital stay, my mother was moved to rehab at a nursing home. Her assisted living facility decided she needed too much "assistance" and was constantly calling me to complain. After moving to the rehab and doing so well there, we decided that her level of care required more than she was getting at the assisted living and she will remain at the nursing home. We have applied for and are awaiting approval from Medicaid (in Texas) to pay for the nursing home, since she has no assets to pay for it and her A&A and social security each month were barely paying and breaking even. Once approved, the Medicaid will pay the nursing home back to the date she applied and they'll keep about 95% of her social security. My question is this: Has anyone had to deal with the VA in trying to pay back the monthly pension? I notified the VA in January of her move; however, she has now received $1056 in February and again today $1056 for March. I moved the February amount into my checking account and will do the same for March. Medicaid requires her to have less than $2000 in assets. I just want to pay it back and assume she'll receive A&A of $90. I got the form letter from the VA about two weeks after my January notification that states "we have received your application for benefits"..... and because we're so busy don't expect a decision any time soon. The same letter I received when I initially applied in 2008. I'm wondering if this means it will be 6-8 months before it is done? I've tried to call many times and never talk to a person. The last time, after holding for almost an hour, was told the computers were down and to call back in an hour. It's so frustrating. Just wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience and can give me guidance.