Prescriptions with Aid/Attendance?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by claysee, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    My mother has just received her aid/attendance benefits. She has blue-cross/blue shield and medicare. She's on alot of prescriptions. We still pay $300.00 a month after her insurance pays. Does the Aid and Attendance benefit also cover prescriptions? Can I go down the VA and apply for this too?
    Thank-you
    Claysee
     
  2. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    Claysee,

    I don't recall if your Mother is a veteran or not. Individuals receiving 'aid & attendance' must be a veteran in order to get their prescriptions through the VA. If she is not a veteran then she can use the cost of her prescriptions and the cost of her Blue Cross and Blue Shield to reduce her countable income. This could generate additional monetary benefits for her.

    If your Mother is a veteran, please let me know and I will give you more details on the prescription benefit.

    Keep in mind that I am telling you what the regulations state today. Regulations changes all the time so be sure to check for updates from time to time.
     
  3. Katmandu

    Katmandu Newbie

    I'm not sure if this applies to your situation or not but when my father was alive he and my mother both received their prescriptions for free thru the military under the tri-care plan. Now that my dad has died, my mother still has this benefit because my dad was a retiree. We just get the prescriptions from her doctor and take them to the pharmacy on base and get them filled and pay nothing. Just thought I'd throw that one in.
     
  4. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    First thank-you both for responding. My mother is not a veteran. My father who she was married to for 60 years was a WWII. Veteran. She is currently receiving Aid and Attendance that helps pay for her ALF. (It took me 14 months to get this benefit for her as a lot of you know.)
    I'm sorry I wasn't clear about my mom's status (widow on VA Aid and Attendance, whose husband was a vet) So, is there any kind of prescription program she is entitled to through the VA?
     
  5. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    Claysee,

    At the current time there are no prescriptions provided to the widow of a veteran through the VA. Keep checking this forum for any changes and updates to the VA regulations regarding 'aid & attendance'.
     
  6. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    Thank-you.
    I wish there were prescription benefits but I'm glad I know the truth. It will help me plan accordingly. I guess that's what all of us had hoped or wished for and that was the truth when we were applying for aid and attendance. I think our forum has made a difference for all of us and for the soldiers coming home from Iraq. It's all over the news now about their delay times to get help, etc. The most important thing is the truth.
    Thank-you again
    Claysee
     
  7. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    Claysee,

    What State does your Mother reside in? I have an article that was published within the past 2 weeks about a county in PA that returned over $1 million dollars to the State because it was not use for veterans and/or widows. That was just in one county.

    There is also a County Veterans Service Office in Ohio that returned over $1 million dollars to the county because the money was not spent for veterans/widow's needs.

    The VA is not the only one short-changing our veterans/widows. The needs are there and in a lot of situations the money is there but the leadship of these agencies and organizations are not taking care of business and our veterans. We need to hold them accountable. In most cases, when the money is returned and not spent on veterans/widows, the politicians can use the funds for their 'pet projects'.

    I hope this information will make a lot of members mad and they will check out the situation in their local area. If anyone wants a copy of the article, just let me know your email address.
     

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