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My husband applied for Aid and Attendance for his widowed mother over one year ago. We have never heard anything back from them. He even went to the local office where he originally applied and spoke to a person there who told him it takes a long time , which we obviously know. Now, since the original paperwork was completed and sent to the VA , she was able to be get on Medicaid and is presently in a nursing facility since last Dec.30th. At this point, I am wondering if it makes any sense to refile on her behalf ----or is this a moot point now that she is on Medicaid? I have read and heard that they go back to the original filing date when he applied for her aid. Whatever little money she had was spent on in home caregivers while she was waiting to be approved for the Aid and Attendance. Is she still entitled to get any monetary reimbursement for all the months if she were to every be approved? My husband has POA for her. I would appreciate any and all feedback to this issue.

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My mother in law is in what I call a "middle of the road " facility---not the Ritz but not a dive either. She does share a room with another woman and they get along pretty well which was a great concern of ours. We know sometimes the other "roomie" can be difficult or downright difficult to get along with. I appreciate the feedback form you psteqman. Quite frankly, we did not think she would last as long as she has but she seems to be in over all pretty good health for an almost 90 year old woman.
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He is very fortunate. Most places in this area prefer you go at least two years on private pay before Medicaid kicks in. They are counting on the average patient dying before they have to deal with Medicaid paperwork. Some don't take Medicaid at all, so you would have to move to whatever is available. That can mean far away, or in a bad part of town.
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She owns absolutely nothing---has no money and is basically indigent. Never owned a house, no investments of any kind, just the monthly SS and a tiny pension of $235 a month. Medicaid has all of that now. I suppose my husband is darn lucky he found a place for her.
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Medicaid looks back five years and looks forward as well, so any income that she gets goes to offset what they have paid out. If relative died and left her a million dollars, Medicaid takes their part first, she gets what is left. If she has a big lottery win--- here comes Medicaid. In NY where I live, you can't even save the house with a Life Tenant agreement. NY allows Medicaid to go after any Life Estates, even one established twenty years ago.
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Thanks for your reply, psteqman. So, Medicaid is entitled to keep any monies prior to her being admitted to a nursing home that accepts her Medicaid? Why? She used up her own monies while she was waiting to hear from the VA paying for in home hourly care . I know I am clueless to a lot of the rules and requirements---how could Medicaid claim these monies as she was not under their care yet?
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She will get the reimbursement, but Medicaid will claim all of it for her care. If Medicaid is currently paying for her, I wouldn't bother VA at this point, because Mom won't get to keep any of it.
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