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We have just begun to gather info for our meeting with the V.A. about Aid and Attendance benefits for my mother in law. I called to get copies of bills from one of her doctors and the nurse said to be careful - that sometimes you could end up 'giving up' more than you gain.

So, does one 'give up' Medicare in order to receive Aid and Attendance? I understood it was IN ADDITION TO Medicare.

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I'd listen to the nurse as far as going carefully and asking questions. But I don't think that any VA benefits should knock her off of Medicare. The nurse may mean that your mother-in-law will need to qualify financially, which would mean few assets, however she may already have spent down her assets. Do move carefully, but check it out. Your mother-in-law deserves whatever benefits are allowed. If things get too confusing, you can ask an elder law attorney to help you. Find one who knows your state Medicaid laws well. Good luck,
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I have ordered a book called Checks for Vets that is a step by step discussion on how to fill our forms, etc. I have contacted an attorney who says no one can 'charge' to help fill out VA forms for Aid and Attendance - but is willing to 'discuss' it with us. :0) I have spoken with an officer at V.A. who told me what I need to do 'pre VA visit' - sadly, there are NO appointments, we have to just show up and wait our turn (could take hours). One of the forms requires an actual evaluation by her family doctor - so, I printed that out and made an appointment for next week. So, the ball is slowly rolling. I understand that it can take a very long time to do anything or find out anything for sure. It took 3 days just to receive a return phone call from V.A. :0) So, the first thing I have realized is not to expect SPEED. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had personal experience with this.
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