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Eligibility and Penalties Based Around the New VA Benefits Rules

Gain a better understanding of the eligibility determinations and requirements for VA pension programs.

There are approximately 18.2 million veterans living in the United States according to the most recent census data (Dept. of Veterans Affairs Fast Facts). A large percentage of them were born in the baby boomer generation and will need care provided by the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the next twenty years. Special pension programs are one way veterans can receive help paying for long-term care costs. This topic will outline the eligibility requirements for these special pension programs. You will understand how to recognize eligibility requirements and assist veterans in making eligibility determinations. You will learn how to categorize assets, income, and medical expenses properly to ensure veterans can take advantage of these programs that allow them to live in their home or a private nursing facility and receive proper care.

85 minutes
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Agenda

Overview of Eligibility Requirements

  • Active Duty Service Requirement
    • Reserves
    • National Guard
  • Discharge Type Requirement
    • Honorable vs. Other Than Honorable
  • War Time Period Requirement
  • Medical Requirement
  • Financial Requirement

Different Kinds of Pensions

  • Service-Connected Compensation
  • Survivor's Benefits (DIC)
  • Improved Pension (Nonservice Connected)

Overview of Changes Based on October 18, 2018 Change in the Rules

  • Brightline Net Worth Limits
  • Lookback Period
  • Transfer Penalty and Penalty Divisor
  • Countable Assets

Calculating Net Worth

  • What Assets Are Countable?
  • Determining Income for VA Purposes (IVAP) and Unreimbursed Medical Expenses (UME)
  • What Portion of Countable Assets Are Countable?

Putting It All Together With Examples

  • Case Study 1
  • Case Study 2
  • Case Study 3
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This course was last revised on November 13, 2019.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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T. Nikki Mitchell

T. Nikki Mitchell

Mitchell, Brown & Associates, LLC

  • Attorney with Mitchell, Brown & Associates, LLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of elder law, including estate planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, asset protection, Medicare, incapacitation issues, end-of-life decision making, guardianship and conservatorship estates, probate, special needs planning and special needs trust, and veteran’s benefits
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation; member, Missouri Bar Member; member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); associate member, Special Needs Alliance; vice chair, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee; member, Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee, vice chair of Subcommittee on Diversity; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • VA accredited attorney
  • Publications include Guardianships and Conservatorships 2nd Ed. Guidebook, Missouri Bar; Missouri Elder Law, 2020-2021 ed. and 2021-2022 ed., Thomson Reuters; Missouri Elder Law Deskbook, 3rd ed., Chapters on Guardianships and Conservatorships and MO HealthNet, Missouri Bar; Educating Children with Dual Cognitive and Emotional Disabilities, Maryland Bar Journal, Nov. 5, 2015 and Cage-Free, Free-Range, Organic? Why Animal Welfare Depends on a New Government Labeling Scheme, New York State Bar Assn Committee on Animals and the Law, Nov. 15, 2012
  • J.D. degree, University of Maryland School of Law; B.A. degree, University of Texas, Arlington
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Product ID: 406512
Published 2019
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