My mom & I are working on the A & A for my dad. According to official information from the VA, if my parents countable income is less than the a set amount ($1949 for a married veteran), then they could be eligible for a benefit that makes up the difference between their countable income and the $1949. Thus, if their countable income is $500, they could be eligible for around $1400 in benefits. This would depend upon the amount of assets they have, their life expectancy, etc. Three people we've talked to, an Elderlaw attorney certified by the VA, the director of an ALF with experience helping with the A & A, and the owner of an in home care agency experienced with A & A, indicate this is not true. It's what the VA publicizes, but it's not what they do. According to the attorney, he "throws the statutes out when dealing with the VA because the VA doesn't pay attention to them anyway." What these three have told us is that my parents will not qualify for ANY award until their medical expenses exceed their income, thus they need a negative countable income. Since my parents have $500 in positive countable income, they would not, under any circumstances, qualify for any A & A, according to these people. According to official VA documents, they could qualify for a partial benefit that could be as much as $1400, depending on what the VA figures their life expectancy to be and how long the VA figures their assets might last. Has anyone else been told medical expenses must exceed income to qualify for A & A? Has anyone ever received a partial benefit when their medical expenses didn't exceed income? Just wondering.