There are a number of benefit programs available for senior citizens in the United States, especially if they lack financial resources. However, one benefit is available to only a select group of people – VA Health Care Benefits. If your parent is a veteran that served our country on active duty and received any discharge other than dishonorable, they may be eligible to receive VA Health Care benefits from the Veteran’s Administration.
The VA will automatically enroll veterans in its health care program if the care is related to a service-related injury, or if your parent has a disability rating of 50% or more with the disability stemming from their time in the service. Otherwise, your parent can apply for benefits at Community-Based Outpatient Clinics or contact the local Veterans Service Commission for help with their health care benefits. A local elder law attorney can also assist you or your parent with applying for VA Health Care benefits.
As with other benefits, there are financial requirements that must be met in order to receive VA benefits. There are a number of income thresholds when determining VA eligibility, and it’s important to speak with an Ohio elder lawyer to get the best view of your parent’s financial situation and what kind of VA Health Care benefits are available to them. In addition, an elder law attorney may also speak to you about the possibility of a VA Trust, which is a type of irrevocable trust that can protect your parent’s assets while also allowing them to receive VA benefits.
Once receiving VA Health Care benefits, veterans are typically eligible to receive care in the form of doctor’s visits, emergency medical care, and in-patient hospital stays, in addition to others like mental health care. There may be co-pays and deductibles involved with some of these types of care, so you may want to consult with an elder law attorney to get a better picture of what the VA Health Care benefits will provide according to your parent’s situation.
For more information about applying for VA Health Care benefits or how to help your parent protect their assets while receiving VA benefits, please contact our Ohio elder law offices at 1-877-653-3450 to schedule a free initial consultation.