Hello, I apologize for the lengthy post. After 11 months of discouragement even from my congressman, my mom was finally approved for A & A in Apr. 08. At end of Aug, she went into rehab at a nursing home and on 9/15 she was transferred to long term care because she is not appropriate to return to her ALF (Assisted. Liv. Fac) Now the fun starts. I contacted the VA on 12/29 to report that my mom had applied for Medicaid. I was told to contact them when she is approved and to continue to keep any checks that she receives because "The VA does not take back returned checks." 3 weeks a go I called to report that mom has been approved for Medicaid. I asked about her uncashed Apr. & May checks and I am told that they must be returned. Also instructed that my mom may be required to return 7 months of checks minus her $90.00 pension even though the nursing home is expecting me to give them the VA checks as part of her income contribution to the nursing home. Am also told that they will send me a form to complete to document her med. exps. not covered by Medicaid. This week, I call the VA and am told to deposit the Apr. & May checks and to have the nursing home complete form 21-0779 and have my mom complete 21-4138 and then fax them to the VA and await their decsion re what to do about her VA A & A checks. The nursing home expects us to pay them over $11,000 from her Soc. Sec. minus $50.00 per mo. and her VA benefit checks minus $90.00 per month. I was going to use some of this money to set up a funeral trust. She certainly can not return the $ to the VA and also pay the nursing home the VA income. Receiving such widely conflicting info.is maddening. Is there any way that she can keep her A & A money while she was waiting for Medicaid to determine her eligibility? Am hoping that I can use the VA exp report to justify keeping her A & A checks even if it means that this money has to be turned over to the nursing home. She will then be with out any financial cushion whatsoever!