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If you're near a VA facility try contacting a Claims Examiner there. I found the one in my town to be very helpful.
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Bob, the benefits will not be stopped for good. Ask the VA how it works when you have to self pay until the assets are depleted.

Do they suspend the assistance or will you need to do the complete application again.

Yours isn't the 1st time they have dealt with this situation. It will be okay. You July need to speak with whomever is providing the assistance, you or the attorney but, I would ask myself 1st and avoid a big attorney bill.
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bobdunn42 Jul 15, 2021
Thank you. Apparently you need to start the application process all over again so trying to avoid this. Looking to pre-pay future medical needs as well.
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Bobdunn, have you considered the issue of a trust for the med mal awards?    Ask your elder law attorney about this.  If he/she doesn't know, contact older attorneys (including ones who focus on trusts) for advice.

The funds could be held in trust specifically for long term care.  I'm not very familiar with this method, but it's worth investigating.    There might an alternate way to spending down the funds.
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bobdunn42 Jul 14, 2021
Thank you. This is a very helpful suggestion.
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Awhile back I started the process of acquiring Aid and Attendance veterans benefits for my mom. My dad served in WW11.

There was a financial limit that a widow could have. If her money exceeded this limit, she was not eligible to even apply for benefits. So, the amount of money that you have in the bank is looked at.

Did the VA clearly tell you that you have exceeded this dollar amount?
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bobdunn42 Jul 14, 2021
Currently receiving benefits but we received a one-time settlement for a medical malpractice case that took us over the top. Can't spend it on aging care quickly enough.
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We were advised to do this so that my mother-in-law could receive Aid and Attendance. However, her long term care policy is currently paying for assisted living. Can't you spend the money on their care until it's low enough to qualify? Or is this person wanting to give money away?
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bobdunn42 Jul 14, 2021
Can't spend down the excess on care quickly enough to retain current benefits
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Are you sayings that your parents have accumulated to much money to remain eligible for VA benefits?

This question really needs to be asked to the social worker that has their case. There are variables that effect the answers and you really don't want to get this wrong. Speak with their case worker to ensure that they are not compromised by crowd sourcing information.
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bobdunn42 Jul 14, 2021
Thanks. We are talking to an elder care attorney since a one-time medical malpractice settlement took us over the limits and we can't spend it down quickly enough.
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This is something new I think.

Are you talking about look back rules concerning Medicaid or VA?
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bobdunn42 Jul 14, 2021
VA benefits only. I think they will stop paying current benefits if over the limit by even one dollar.
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