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Qualified Disabled Veteran's Nursing Home Care

We recently had a military veteran come to see us about planning for his long-term care.

He had been staying in a rehabilitation facility and was starting to look into nursing home care. During our meeting with him, we learned that he had a disability rated at 80 percent, and that he and his family anticipated paying out of pocket for his nursing care, which on average costs around $9,000 a month.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, it is important to understand the options qualified disabled veterans have for nursing care. Under the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act, the cost of a veteran's nursing home care will be paid for by the Department of Veteran's Affairs if:

--The veteran requires nursing home care for a service-connected disability, or

--The veteran requires nursing home care and has a service-connected disability rated at 70 percent or more.

If the veteran qualifies under either scenario, the next step is to enroll for Veteran's Affairs health benefits. After enrolling in the Veteran's Affairs health system, the veteran should set an appointment at a VA Medical Center. At this appointment, the veteran and his/her family will meet with a Primary Care physician to discuss the veteran's needs and desires. The physician will create a "consult" for the veteran, which will determine what kind of care the veteran will receive.

Usually the veteran will receive nursing home care at a VA nursing facility located on the campus of the medical center. However, if the VA nursing facility reaches its patient capacity, the veteran will receive nursing home care from one of a number of VA-contracted, privately-run, local nursing home facilities.

Our client now understands that he has the option of obtaining the nursing home care he needs while saving around $9,000 in out-of-pocket expenses every month. With this option, he is still able to make the gifts and cover the other expenses he has, while receiving high quality nursing home care. The Department of Veteran's Affairs has made these and other health care benefits available to qualified veterans. The attorneys and staff at The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm enjoy explaining and assisting with the implementation all of the legal, financial, tax, and health/long term care options available to our military men and women.

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