VETERANS: GET THE BENEFITS YOU DESERVE
You have served our country with honor. Now you deserve the best legal help available. The Flammia Elder Law Firm is here to ensure that happens.
Kathleen Flammia is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who is also accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to practice law before the VA. She can help you get additional income that may be available to you or someone you love to pay for services that will enhance quality of life, services like home health care, care at assisted living facilities, or nursing home care. Kathleen Flammia is proud to represent Veterans from all branches of the military. Your situation deserves attention, commitment, and expertise throughout every step of the legal process.
At the Flammia Elder Law Firm, we offer a unique educational and counseling approach, so you understand the planning necessary to qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit without making mistakes that could have a catastrophic effect on your ability to qualify for Medicaid in the future.
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Veterans Benefits FAQ
What is the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Program?
Most people think of Veterans Benefits (VA Benefits) as being only for servicemen and women who were injured or disabled while serving our county. However, there are substantial benefits that may be available to wartime veterans who are now senior citizens and are facing the burden of long-term care.
As a Veteran, if you are eligible for basic Veterans Pension Benefits, you or your surviving spouse may also be eligible for the increased monthly pension amount under the VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound pensions.
The Aid and Attendance Pension amount is paid in conjunction with the basic Veterans pension plan. Aid and Attendance is based on financial need for assistance, so there are income and asset limitations. As a Florida Veterans Attorney, Kathleen Flammia is committed to helping Veterans get all the benefits to which they are entitled. Our goal is to make the qualification process as stress-free as possible. However, it is critical to take the right steps to help ensure that you can qualify for both Aid and Attendance and Medicaid benefits.
As of October 18, 2018, the VA has implemented a huge change in how one can get qualified for Aid and Attendance. Many of the old techniques will not work if you apply for Veteran’s Benefits after October 18, 2018. It is imperative that you seek qualified counsel before applying for these benefits.
How do I qualify for VA Benefits without creating problems if I end up needing Medicaid?
If you are a Veteran and plan to access VA Benefits, be aware of the “Medicaid time bomb.” Many planning techniques that can qualify you for VA Aid and Attendance can thereafter disqualify you from getting Medicaid to help pay for nursing home care. This is so important for the Veteran who may currently be housebound or in an assisted living facility yet has not considered his or her future need to enter a nursing home for long-term care.
It is critical to seek counsel from a Veteran’s attorney who is also well-versed in Medicaid Planning. Your attorney should be accredited by the VA in order to assist you in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits. The importance of avoiding the unintended consequence of successfully getting one benefit but later disqualifying yourself from another is paramount.