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If mom gets MediCal (CA Medicaid), she will have $800.00 "share of costs" per month during months she incurs medical expenses, meaning, if I understand it right, if she goes to the hospital (or NH or adult day health care), she would have to first pay $800.00, and then MediCal pays the rest for that month. If she is still in the hospital the second month, she would have to pay $800.00 again for the second month before MediCal would pay anything, and so on, each month. We both desperately need her to be in adult day health care for 2 to 3 days a week, her for stimulation and social interaction, and me for respite. But the $800.00 is keeping that from happening- can't even begin to afford it. Now, I just found out about Veteran's Aid and Attendance benefits, which would give the spouse of a veteran approx $1100.00 each month, which would make it so we could pay the $800.00 each month and also have a little bit more to live on. However, if she receives the additional $1100.00 per month, would that make her ineligible for MediCal? (I love a good catch-22!).

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See this regarding the Aged and Disabled Federal Poverty Level Program which allows those over the age of 65 with countable monthly income of under $1,188 participate in Medi-Cal with no cost of share:
http://www.canhr.org/factsheets/medi-cal_fs/html/fs_ADFPLP.htm

See this regarding the Medi-Cal Program Policy Manual and Aid and Attendance benefits (Section 10J) stating that Aid and Attendance benefits are not countable income resources:
http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Documents/Article10-Income.pdf
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Hello Kabeeena,

There is a previous question very similar to yours with helpful answers. The link is below. I hope this helps you.

https://www.agingcare.com/questions/collect-VA-Aid-Attendance-benefit-and-Medicaid-152976.htm?cpage=1

I wish you the best,
The AgingCare.com Team
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