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My mom with psychotic disorder in AL was denied due to 18K tot income. She is on many drugs that she pays 20% copay after insurance. Can I appeal based on this? Should I consult an elder atty? I really dont know what to do.Her assets are about $80K total.

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I hope you don't run into disappointment with that advice, you might
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After 4 months of acquiring Death, Marriage, active duty certifications, I was lead to believe by my mom's adorable son the wrong financial information. I continued on with gaining access to her income tax return and finally met with a Veteran's Service officer who spelled it all out for me.
The VA won't consider any application until the liquid asset is $60,000 or less.
He advised me to bleed her account down to this level. How do you bleed the account down? You must have every receipt for all unreimbursed medical expenses: insurance premiums, Co pays, Rx's, Medical equip. and mobility equipment, including transportation charges. He told me that as a relative (daughter) I could expense my mother's care per hour, have her pay me and give me a receipt. he even said I could give the salary back to her if I wanted as long as I have receipts. This is the latest information I have. My goal was to apply for the express application. My mother qualified on all points except she has two much money in her accounts that she is drawing on. She is very frugal and lives on barely nothing. This is the latest. The VSO was very nice and finally proved I could stop any more burden of time.
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Here is the web site for Alabama,s Veteran Affairs.
http://www.va.state.al.us/county_select.aspx
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Get help at the Veteran Affairs office not Veterans Administration. They will advise you and complete and electronically submit the forms for you. Most Counties have an office.
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Her income is high for VA. I think you'll need an attorney to set up trusts. Youll also have a very long process given mental conditions. Expcept seveal letters of rejections. So you will also need to contacts you congressman..
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For one person, I believe she exceeds VA income limits, in which case an appeal is useless. They are specific when it comes to those guidelines.
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VA decisions are made on an income to medical expenses ratio. It has to be more than half also believe it or not her income is way too high to qualify. You should call veterans care coordination company at 1-855-380-4400. Please tell them you need some advice as they are not non-profit. Ask to speak to someone in the in-take department. There are many things you can do in terms of trusts but your income is what it is.
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The VA cannot give you financial advice; It is pretty clear some was needed.
The Total Medical expenses must exceed Income.
Not enough facts to add more info.
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Why eas she denied, was it income or disability? Can she be alone, can she toilet and dress herself? If she needs fulltime care or daycare and her income doesnt meet her health needs she should be eligible. Do you care for her, if you have a caregivers contract, she should be eligible. Key is that her needs outweigh her income.
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You can also reach out to Veterans Care Coordination. They will help you for free: 855-380-4400
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Start where PostcardLynn said to start - check the denial letter as any decision the VA makes is appealable at some level.

We can tell you that the appeals process can be very, very lengthy. Regular VA disability claims can take many years to resolve. But the first step of the process is that the decision is reviewed within the Regional Office that made the decision. During that review, the Regional Office can make a different decision than one that was originally made.
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I would appeal. In denial letter, was there reference to appeal process?. I would check VA website also about how to appeal. Also contact social worker at VA. We were denied initially and then recategorized so now have no copay.
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I know I don't qualify and my income is lower, Va also pays meds CHAMPVA called meds by mail, chk VA SITE RE meds by Mail
contact regional office call 1-800-827-1000
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