Medicaid or Social Security and the Aid and Attendance Benefit: Aid and Attendance Benefit FAQ
Can a veteran and/or spouse be receiving Medicaid or Social Security, or even both, and still receive the veterans Aid and Attendance pension benefit? The short answer is yes, but there are some details you need to know.
A veteran or spouse, or both, can be receiving Social Security and still qualify for the full Aid and Attendance benefit amount if they are eligible to begin with. The only thing Social Security affects is the income of the veteran and/or spouse that is included when counting the assets in order to qualify financially.
This one is a bit trickier. Because the government is technically paying for a person's care when they are receiving Medicaid, the VA is not going to let that person receive the full amount of additional Aid and Attendance award money.
However, if a veteran and/or spouse is receiving Medicaid and they are still struggling for funds to be able to afford care, they can apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit. The highest amount one can be awarded Aid and Attendance money while receiving Medicaid is $90. And this $90 has to be spent on personal care items only such as shampoo, soap, Depends, etc.
I hope this helps clear up some questions regarding Medicaid and Social Security when it comes to qualifying for the Aid and Attendance benefit. If you have more questions, please feel free to head to our forums.