How long does a Purple Heart veteran receive VA benefits? - AgingCare.com

How long does a Purple Heart veteran receive VA benefits?

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AS I UNDERSTAND FROM THE V.A. SITE , ONLY SERVICE RELATED INJURIES ARE COVERED AND ALL THE OTHER ILLNESSES ARE NOT IN A PUBLIC NURSING HOME. SO I TAKE IT ALL THE PERSON'S ASSETS WILL GO TO THE NURSING HOME. . THAT IS OK BUT WHEN THE NURSING HOME USES ALL THE ASSETS WHO PAYS FOR THE CONTINUED CARE?
IS THAT COST PASSED TO THE LIVING CHILDREN? THIS IS IN MARYLAND.

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The federal government has posted some very helpful information on a veteran's access to nursing home and other health care assistance here:
http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/

If the veteran does not qualify for VA benefits, then the state Medicaid program may cover them depending on their assets and income level. If they are "poor enough," then they should definitely qualify for Medicaid coverage for 100% of their nursing home expenses.
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I am not a lawyer, but if the veteran is in a nursing home and all assets are exhausted, Medi-cal (California)or whatever low income medical care your state has will take over. Also, it depends on what percentage disability the veteran has. The veteran would be eligible for care at a VA facility - check with them if veteran not able to travel to a VA facility if they would reimburse outside medical care.
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